Happy Holidays 2020 from Defence Team leaders!

Video / December 21, 2020


General Jonathan Vance: Hello, everyone. Hello, everyone. I want to wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy holidays. Happy holidays and merry Christmas everyone. It's been a challenging year, but I'm so grateful for the service and dedication of all members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence. The country relies on you and so do I. Thank you very much.

Jody Thomas: Team, thank you for everything you've done this year. It's been an extraordinary year. For those who can, please try and take some time over the next few weeks to rest and recharge. For those of you working or serving overseas, on behalf of our country, I, your colleagues and all Canadians, are so grateful for your service. Thank you.

CPO 1 David Steeves: I forgot, we have to do the Navy's naughty or nice list.

RAdm Chris Sutherland: Speaking of naughty or nice, 2020 has been naughty to a lot of people. So, please, be nice throughout the Christmas season and the holiday season, take care of you and yours and especially yourself. Sir?

VAdm Art McDonald: Well said team, and on behalf of sailors across the Royal Canadian Navy, happy holidays all.

(all): Happy holidays!

LGen Wayne Eyre: We join all Canadians in thanking you for your extraordinary efforts as we faced unprecedented challenges over the course of this last difficult year.

CWO Stu Hartnell: We're also very proud of how the entire Defence Team, both military members and civilians alike, have acted in order to protect us and to support Canadians in this time of need.

LGen Wayne Eyre: On behalf of the Canadian Army, we wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2021.

LGen A.D. Meinzinger: On behalf of the Royal Canadian Air Force, Santa’s first choice for air escort across Canada, we would like to wish every member of the Defence Team and your families, the very best during the Holiday Season.

Peter Hammerschmidt: Hello everyone. Happy holidays from ADM Pol to everybody. It's been a challenging and difficult year for all of us, but we've still managed to accomplish some pretty amazing things here at Defence and you should all be proud of everything that you've done to achieve that. So, please, take some time over the holidays and get some rest and spend some time with your loved ones, socially distanced, of course, and stay safe, and see you in hopefully a much better 2021.

Julie Charron: On behalf of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Review Services), I would like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. May 2021 bring you joy, peace, prosperity and the confidence that we will meet again soon.

Claude Rochette: Hello dear colleagues and friends. 2020 is almost over. Upon reflection, it’s incredible to see all the work that was done and accomplished during the pandemic.  I would like to thank you all for your efforts and for taking care of each other through this difficult time. I hope you will get a bit of a break and some time to recharge. Happy holidays to you and yours.

MGen Marc Bilodeau: I implore you to stay vigilant over the holidays. Following the public health recommendations regarding COVID-19 will help you, as well as your loved ones and colleagues, stay healthy. My family and I wish you and yours a happy holiday and good health.

Cheri Crosby: Like me, many of you are going an extra mile to keep your distance and to stay apart. And like me, you're probably finding this to be a little bit isolating and maybe lonely and possibly even a little bit nauseating, but wherever you are, overseas or in the office or in your basement, I sincerely wish you a wonderful and special holiday season. We may be far apart, but we are more connected than ever and we will get through this together. Stay well, stay safe, stay positive and enjoy your holiday bubble wherever you are. Over!

VAdm Haydn Edmundson: From our house to yours, happy holidays!

CWO Dominique Geoffroy: I wish you a very happy holidays with your family.

(both): Stay safe!

CPO 1 Gilles Grégoire: Good day, everyone. I want to wish everyone, part of the Defence Team, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Better things are coming. Thank you.

Len Bastien: Happy holidays, Defence Team. In 2020, the year of virtual, the CIO team answered the call. We turned obstacles into opportunities and challenges into solutions. We deployed Office 365 for Defence and we increased T-DVPNI access so you can all continue to do the very important work that you do from wherever it is you need to do it. We look forward to the successes in the New Year. Happy holidays. Stay safe. All the best.

LGen Christopher Coates: When you're away on operations at this time of year, home is on your mind. And we, along with family and friends, are thinking of you. Our season’s best wishes to you all and thank you for serving Canada across the globe.

Laurie Kempton: Happy holidays. Though it’s going to look a little different this year. I hope you have a really relaxing and peaceful time filled with joy.

LGen Alain Pelletier: From all of us at North American Aerospace Defence Command, happy holidays. Sleep easy knowing that no matter when, no matter what, we have the watch. Happy holidays.

MGen Paul Ormsby: This is Major-General Paul Ormsby, the Canadian Defence Attaché here in Washington, D.C. I'd like to wish you and your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. I’d like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Kin Choi: Hey, everybody. Over the holidays, it's really important for us to stay connected. I pledge, I promise I'm gonna call my mom more often in Winnipeg. From my family to yours, all the best. Happy holidays. Gong Hei Fat Choy! (Happy New Year!)

Simon Page: Here we go again. 2020 is almost behind us and it's been challenging for all of us. So, we're a few days away from enjoying some holidays to appreciate the smaller things in life, the stuff that we don't usually pay attention to, but that can be so wonderful and so beautiful.

On that note, I wish you a wonderful, wonderful holiday season. Happy holidays to all.

LGen Mike Rouleau: Hi, I'm Mike Rouleau, the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. I want to thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for being part of the Armed Forces. I wish you a merry Christmas. I hope you have a good, safe holiday. Be well with your families. I'm proud to serve with you.

CWO Martin Colbert: I’m Chief Warrant Officer Martin Colbert, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Group Chief. I would like to join the Vice Chief of the Defence Staff in wishing you a happy holiday with your family and once again thank you very much for your service and thank you to the families for your incredible support.

RAdm Rebecca Patterson: No matter where you spend the holidays this year, please know you are not alone. Reach out virtually to each other, to your family, your friends and colleagues. Be the light for someone this holiday season. Stay safe and happy holidays.

MGen Peter S. Dawe: Hey, 2020 has been a tough year for all of us and this upcoming holiday season is likely to look and feel very different than anything we're used to. But I hope you will all find comfort in the knowledge that during this unprecedented time of crisis, you stepped up, you showed great resilience and you never stopped doing what people expected you to do, which is to defend our country. So, thanks for what you do. And please be sure to look after yourselves and your loved ones during this upcoming holiday season.

Stephen D. Burt: I’m here to say happy holidays to all from team DIA. We wish you all the joy the holiday season brings. Merry Christmas, everybody.

MGen Jennie Carignan: Happy holidays to all CAF members, deployed and in country and we will wish everybody a happy year 2021.

CWO Dominic Gaudreau: We would like to wish a happy holidays to all Canadian Forces members deployed in Canada or overseas and to their families. May you have a wonderful 2021.

RAdm Geneviève Bernatchez: From the entire team at the Office of the Judge Advocate General, happy holidays to the entire Defence Team.

CWO Marty Walhin: Hello, everyone. Hello, everyone. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy holiday. Be safe, be strong and stay healthy.

(both): And most of all... Bye-bye, 2020!

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