The Regimental Heritage Foundation
The second source of income, the Regimental Heritage Foundation was developed twelve years after the Endowment Fund was instituted, but for a different purpose.
In 1993 the Regimental Pipes and Drums had been invited to participate in the ceremonies of the XV commonwealth Games to be held in Victoria, B.C. It had been evident, as a result of Canadian Forces restructuring, that there were no public funds available to refurbish and replace the uniforms of the Pipe Band, and that they could not be expected to participate in such an august event in shabby accoutrements. Through the initiative of Brigadier General D. Coell and others, funds were raised from the Greater Victoria community to purchase the equipment necessary for the Pipe Band to present itself in an exemplary fashion at the Games.The success of the campaign was overwhelming and led to the idea of presenting a night of celebration to honour all the contributors. Thus a Ceilidh, meaning from the Gaelic language as ‘party’ or ‘celebration’, was organized and presented in the fall of 1993 at the Bay Street Armoury, in Victoria. This sparked the idea of a more permanent means of maintaining the uniforms within The Regimental family as a whole and of raising money to support the operations of The Regimental Museum. Thus was born the Regimental Heritage Foundation under whose umbrella these funds would be raised. The Foundation, operating under the auspices of the Regimental Trustees, operates at arm’s length with its own Board of Directors, and has its own charitable tax status.
Since its inception it has raised considerable funds which have been expended on numerous projects for the benefit of the Regiment. A main source of funds has come from the now annual Ceilidhs held in the Bay Street Armoury, which have seen audiences grow to full houses of over 800. The Foundation has also sponsored the production of recordings by the Pipes and Drums, most unique of which was a cooperative effort in conjunction with the United States Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band. This effort was the first known Canadian-American combined military band recording ever made. As result of the income from these fund raising projects, the Heritage Foundation has provided on-going support for the supply of accoutrements for both the Pipe Band and the Regiment, and has contributed significantly to the purchase of Glengarry headwear for all four Cadet Corps.
The Regimental Museum has benefited, also, through funds used to purchase many important items, and to host several medal presentations and displays including the acquisition of the medals of Colonel C. Peck, VC and the showing, in November of 1998, of the four Victoria Crosses earned by the four members of the 16th battalion C.E.F. (Canadian Scottish) in World War I, along with the medals and decorations of Major General G. Pearkes VC, Lieutenant Colonel J. McGregor VC, and Field Marshal Viscount J.H.G Byng, GCB, GCMG, MVO. The Board of Regimental Trustees has done its work without fanfare over the past sixty years. The majority of the current Board, when they were in command of the Regiment, no doubt felt the influence of the Board. Even though the Board did not have any authority over the decisions of the Canadian Forces, the Army, the local command, or the Regiment, as Commanding Officer’s they were undoubtedly grateful for its positive advice and ‘behind-the-scenes’ advocacy when politics and policies seemed adverse.
The Trustees depend on all elements of the Regimental family to keep them aware of the issues facing the Regiment itself and those faced by any individual element. They also depend upon all elements to assist them in ensuring the continued well-being of the Regiment. Ultimately, however, they have the enormous responsibility of protecting and enhancing the presence, good name and assets of the Regiment and its Family.