Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

Land Force Central Area - Dept of National Defence

October 20, 2005 12:11 ET

Media Advisory: Army Reserve Expands Into Mississauga

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 20, 2005) - The Canadian Army will officially open a new armoury in the City of Mississauga on Saturday, October 22. In response to the need to expand the Army Reserve, and as part of the continuing Land Force Reserve Restructure process, the Toronto Scottish Regiment will base its new 75th (Mississauga) Company in a leased facility at 3330 Ridgeway Drive, Units 1 and 2.

"We're here because Mississauga is one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing cities in the country," says Lieutenant-Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, the Commanding Officer of the Toronto Scottish. "We're sure that we can make a positive contribution by offering young people here real opportunities."

Like all Reserve troops, the soldiers of the new Mississauga company will train at least one evening a week and one weekend a month plus, if they have the time, all summer long. "It's an ideal schedule for students," adds Lt.-Col. Hobbs, "and the army is paying recruits well. They can make as much as $5,000 in a summer doing something far more worthwhile than anything at the mall."

Opening ceremonies begin with an Open House at 12:00 noon featuring displays of Canadian Forces weapons and equipment, a UN Observation Post, a demonstration of urban combat technique and music from the world-renowned Toronto Scottish Pipes & Drums. The ribbon-cutting ceremony and parade begins at 2:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception. Distinguished guests will include Mayor Hazel McCallion and Major-General Ed Fitch, the director of Army Reserve restructuring in Ottawa.

The Toronto Scottish Regiment was raised in 1915 as the 75th (Mississauga) Battalion - named for the local First Nation - and fought in the principle battles of the Great War, including Vimy Ridge. In the Second World War they fought throughout North-Western Europe. Soldiers of the Toronto Scottish have also served NATO and the UN in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and Afghanistan.

Media are invited to cover all aspects of the event and to interview soldiers and commanders.

Contact Information

  • Warrant Officer Mark Kendall
    (905) 483-2769 (cell)
    (905) 569-2554 (office)
    or
    Captain Bob Kennedy
    (416) 633-6200 ext 2845