Alain-Michel Sékula inducted as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel

Outgoing President of Hôpital Montfort’s Board of Trustees, honoured by the Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa

Ottawa, September 2, 2015The Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa held an investiture ceremony on September 2, 2015, to induct Alain-Michel Sékula as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the unit.

The ceremony was held in the Hôpital Montfort auditorium before members of the unit, representatives of the Royal Canadian Medical Service, many dignitaries as well as family, friends and colleagues of the outgoing Chair of the Association de l’Hôpital Montfort.

The title of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, with a three-year mandate, was bestowed on Alain-Michel Sékula for his commitment to the interests of the Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa, the National Defence medical unit based in Hôpital Montfort’s D Wing. As part of his mandate, he will serve as guardian of regimental traditions and history.

The Canadian tradition of honorary appointments within units was created by the British military and introduced in Canada just over a century ago, with the first honorary lieutenant colonel appointment in 1895.

There are different types of honorary appointments within the Canadian Armed Forces: Colonel-in-Chief, Colonel of the Regiment, Honorary Colonel and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel. While, historically, appointments were often reserved for former servicemen who had belonged to a unit, today, it is increasingly common to see pillars of the community, both men and women, honoured with these titles. A person who is given an honorary appointment is considered a guardian of regimental traditions and history, who promotes the unit’s identity and ethos and serves as an advisor to the commanding officer on all issues, excluding operations.

Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Sékula’s mission will be to preserve the customs and traditions of the Royal Canadian Medical Service and the Canadian Armed Forces and may act as a public representative in building important ties between the community and the Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa.

“I was surprised and deeply moved to learn about this distinction,” stated Mr. Sékula. “Today’s ceremony crowns the institutional agreement that binds our two organizations, a unique partnership in Canada and a success that I am very proud of. I plan to serve the member of the Centre with humility.”

Recently retired from Mouvement Desjardins, where he occupied several high-level positions including National Vice-President, Business Development, Alain-Michel Sékula is very involved in the Franco-Ontarian community. He has been a member of the Association de l’Hôpital Montfort since 2003 and sat as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2011 to 2015.

Hôpital Montfort is a Francophone university health institution that offers quality care in both official languages and works with its partners to improve the health of communities.

The Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa (CF H Svcs C (O)) is the largest clinic of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), and one of 37 clinics across the country providing health services to CF members and other eligible people. It also has two detachments in Europe, in Casteau, Belgium, and Geilenkirchen, Germany. 

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Alain-Michel Sékula, outgoing President of Hôpital Montfort’s Board of Trustees, is inducted as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel by Colonel Richard Pucci, Commander of the Canadian Forces Health Services Group, and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Brizay, Commander of the Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa during an official ceremony on September 2 at Hôpital Montfort.

For more information, interviews and high-resolution photographs:

Hôpital Montfort
Department of Communications
613-746-4621, poste 2049
communications@montfort.on.ca

Canadian Forces Health Services Centre Ottawa
Lieutenant Scott Johnson
613-945-1812
scott.johnson2@forces.gc.ca