products employs 130 people. Dumur Industries also has a connection to the forces, and supplies components for the

Canadian and US military related to Canadian LAV and US Stryker Brigades ground vehicles.

 

Dumur grew up in White City as one of six children. His father volunteered to serve in the Canadian Forces as a tank driver

when he was 16 years old and was involved in the liberation of Holland during the Second World War.

 “My connection to the Canadian military and my family’s tradition of being involved with the military were what made me

decide to become an honorary Colonel,”Dumur said. “I was given the opportunity and I decided (in light of that tradition)

to accept the position.”

 

Lt. Colonel Dan Whittaker, Commanding Officer of the Royal Regina Rifles said that the Hon. Col. Dumur will play a role in

ensuring that the unit’s regimental traditions--such as making sure that parade routes are safe before soldiers march onto

the parade square-- are followed. “We have not had the opportunity to follow all of our regimental traditions in the past,

and we plan to reinstitute those traditions with Col. Dumur’s help,” Whittaker said.

 

The Canadian tradition of appointing Honoraries to units originated with the British military and has been in practice for over

a century. Honorary Colonels are responsible for a variety of tasks related to regimental traditions, but their main

responsibility is to serve as a liaison to the civilian community, said Chief Warrant Officer Albert Boucher, Regimental

Sergeant Major for the Royal Regina Rifles.

 

“They make people in the community aware of who we are (as soldiers), and can talk to community personnel and levels of

government, and raise our concerns to those individuals in a way that we cannot,” Boucher said. “The position is an

important part of our regiment.”

 

HCol Dumur has served the forces in other civilian capacities. For the past two years, he was vice president of Royal United

Services Institute (RUSI) in Regina, and was on the planning committee for the Support Our Troops Gala held in October

2010. He has also been a member of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council for more than four years.

 

Dumur is also an active contributor to his community, particularly when it comes to sports. He serves on the Prairie Storm

Hockey Board, coaches soccer and helps out at the White City Dance School. He is also a past member of the Optimist

Club, among other organizations.

 

A change of command parade, attended by past and current serving members of the unit, as well as family and friends,

was conducted at the Regina Armouries on January 21. At the parade, HCol Robert Cade handed over his position of

Honorary Colonel to Dumur. Colonel Nic Stanton, Commander of 38 Brigade Group, presided over the ceremony.