Speaker Bio:
Fern Taillefer

Speaks:

English & French

Speaking Topics:

Peacekeeping, Army, NATO, United Nations

Fernand (Fern) Taillefer, CD

Other than for a couple of years as an Army Cadet and 6 years in the Infantry Reserves, my military career began in 1980 when I joined the Military Police trade in Petawawa Ontario.

In 1977, while serving in the reserves (Algonquin Regiment) North Bay, I volunteered for a tour of duty with the UN and was shipped to the Middle East to serve with the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF 2) as a Regimental Policeman. I celebrated my 20th birthday in Ismailia, Egypt.

I served for three years in Petawawa working in various sections of the Military Police Detachment.

Because of my previous experience with the infantry reserves, I completed a tour with the Military Police Field Section then worked as a patrolman and eventually worked my way up to the Criminal Investigation Section.  While in Petawawa, in September of 1980 they sent me to the Airborne School in Edmonton, and I became a qualified military-parachutist.

In 1983, I was part of a pre-selection team that was sent to CFB Borden to determine if I would be suited for Close Protection duties.  14 of the 79 personnel who attended the pre-selection were picked to attend a 10 week gruelling course in London (England) to undergo Close Protection training.

Having successfully completed this training I was posted to CFB Baden-Sollingen where I was then sent to Heidelberg to become the Commander of Ace Mobilie Force (Land) personal bodyguard.  While in Europe (4 years) I was assigned to numerous high ranking dignitaries with threats on their lives including members of the Royal Family. Countess Mountbatten, Lord Brayborn and Princess Anne to mention a few.

In 1987, I was posted to CFB OTTAWA where I was placed in charge of VIP operations.  I was responsible for planning the ground security of many dignitaries from around the world.

In 1990, I was posted to the Canadian School of Intelligence and Security in CFB Borden as an instructor.  I served as an instructor in all aspects of criminal law, investigations and patrol procedures, VIP security, firearms and Defensive Tactics.

While proudly serving in the military, I volunteered as a YBC bowling coach (8-12 years old) and a volunteer coach for ball hockey (12-14 years old).

I retired in 1996 and commenced a second career with the Toronto Transit Commission, attended Toronto Police College, was appointed to Special Constable, where I am presently serving as a Transit Police Staff Sergeant in charge of Planning and Intelligence.

I am a founding member of the Central Ontario Chapter of CAVUNP and have been the Chief Organizer for the past 7 years of the largely participated Peacekeepers parade and ceremonies in the village of Angus.  I have held every position on the executive and am presently serving as the Vice-President of the Chapter.

CURRENT INTEREST/HOBBIES/ACTIVITES:

Member of the Barrie Legion, Army Navy Airforce Club,  Barrie Veterans Club, and serve on the executive for the Canadian Association of Veterans In United Nations Peacekeeping (CAVUNP) Central Ontario Chapter as well as the executive for the Canadian Airborne Forces Association. I am also a life time member of the NATO Association and a member of the International Police Association.

For the past 6 years, I have been coordinator for fund raising for children with severe disabilities, cancer, dying and severe mental illness.  The funds are used to send children for one day to Disney World.

Coordinated the building and erecting of the Memorial Wall at Peacekeepers Park in Angus on Aug 9th 2010.  The wall has the inscription of 278 names of Canadian Peacekeepers who gave their lives in the service of peace and includes the 158 Canadians that were killed in Afghanistan

AWARDS/MEDALS

Military Reserves:  Outstanding Performance award 2 years running (1978-1979)

Regular Force:  Special Service Forces Proficiency Award (1982)

Numerous commendations from Outside Police Agencies as well as the Military

Recommended for the Military Medal of Merit for VIP Operations in Germany

AWARDED

  • Canadian Decoration Medal
  • United Nations Emergency Forces Medal
  • Special Service Medal
  • Canadian Peacekeeping Medal
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • Paratrooper Wings
  • Veterans Affairs Commendation

 

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