The Rolling Barrage PTSD Foundation / The Rolling Barrage
Board of Directors
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
– John F. Kennedy
The Rolling Barrage PTSD Foundation / The Rolling Barrage is a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness of PTSD among Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Veterans and First Responders.
The Members of the Board of Directors, Executive and Provincial Team Leads are listed below with a bio.
Scott Casey – Founder / Director
Road Name – “Bronco”
At the age of 17 he signed his first Will & Testament as an infantryman with the Royal Canadian Regiment. The next 10 years would provide him with some interesting adventures; some scenic, others harrowing, dangerous and tragic. In 1992, he served as a peacekeeper in Croatia and Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina. He was awarded the Commander in Chief’s Unit Commendation for actions while in Sarajevo.
Those times etched a pathway to a life after service which include, becoming the President of Military Minds Inc., dissolved in 2021, it was the worlds largest PTSD peer support organization for combat veterans and first responders of it’s time. Casey is also the founder of The Rolling Barrage. An annual cross Canada motorcycle rally also in support of veterans and first responders living with the effects of trauma.
A published author, Casey penned the biography, Ghostkeepers which enjoyed two #1 awards in Canadian Military History and Historical Biography in Canada. With his knowledge of PTSD, his work as a veterans advocate, and author, he is often called upon for public speaking engagements.
At the age of four, when he threw his leg over his new Keystone 50 minibike, he was irreversibly hooked on two wheeled everything. His personal riding exploits include crossing both Europe and North America numerous times, with a short stint in the amateur superbike world within Germany, having raced at both Hochenheim and Nürburg Rings.
Scott Casey lives in Merritt BC with his spouse, Leslie, where they enjoy riding motorcycles, golf, and sport shooting.
Leslie Atkinson – Co Founder / Director
Road Name: “Lastly”
Leslie is not only the Co-Founder of The Rolling Barrgae, but she is also our Chief Admin Officer. Bringing years of experience from working in executive positions as a member of The United Steelworkers.
She is currently employed as a nationally certified Millwright, aka Industrial Mechanic, employing her trade near Kamloops BC.
Many have learned that her slight stature belies a skilled heavy equipment operator with machines like D10N Bulldozers and 24M motorgraders on her list of qualifications.
Atkinson found the love of riding motorcycles when she was 5 years old when her father took her for rides throughout BC. She’s raised a son and had to hold her dreams of riding till he was of an age; finally purchasing her first motorcycle in 2009, she has been in the wind every chance since. This includes crossing our country twice as a member of The Rolling Barrage’, Full Pull Crew. She will add a third time in Aug of 2023 to her collection, crossing North America to St John’s NL and back.
The Rolling Barrage has been an integral part of her life since before its birth during discussions with her husband and our Founder, Scott. She enjoys golf, cooking fine cuisine, shooting sports and of course all things motorcycles.
James Gordon – Director / Ride Director
Road Name: “Cyber Grump”
James joined the military in 1985. After TQ-3 Battle School (Petawawa) he was then posted to 2 RCR CFB Gagetown. He was then posted to 3 RCR CFB Winnipeg (August 87) and from there to 3 RCR Baden Söllingen Germany in 1988.
After the closure of CFB Baden, he was then posted CFB Lahr Germany (Base Security). On closure of CFB Lahr, he was posted to 10/90 Battalion CFB Borden (1994), and then subsequently to 3 RCR in CFB Petawawa.
Tours – NATO – CFB Baden Soellingen and CFB Lahr. United Nations (UNPROFOR) Roto 0 – Former Yugoslavia and Sarajevo with 3 RCR N- Coy as part of the Royal 22nd Regiment (Vandoo) Battle Group.
Medically released March 1998 from the CAF (shrapnel injury, Sarajevo).
My first time on The Rolling Barrage was in 2018. After my 3 legs in Alberta I went to see a psychiatrist and was diagnosed with PTSD in January 2019.
I’ve been on every The Rolling Barrage since 2018. Full Pull in 2019 as Tail Gunner, 2020 Western Bubble (Covid), and Lead Bike 2021 & 2022.
I joined The Rolling Barrage PTSD Foundation Board of Directors in 2021 with the goal that if I could help just one person like The Rolling Barrage helped me in 2018, I would be happy.
Warren Cave – Director / Riding Groups
Road Name – “Nutjob”
Warren started to see posts from his old RCR Buddy Scott Casey in 2016 about some far fetched idea to start a Coast to Coast motorcycle ride. At the time Warren didn’t even have a bike but the more he saw, the more he knew he needed to be part of it.
After finding the same Make, Model & Year bike he last owned, a 1987 Honda CBR 1000 Hurricane he joined the inaugural run from Lloydminster Ab to Kamloops BC and rode an ever increasing distance each year culminating in back to back Full Pulls in 2021 & 2022 in the role of Deputy Lead Bike.
A Veteran of The Royal Canadian Regiment, Warren remustered to Vehicle Technician in 1993 after a tour in the war torn Former Yugoslavia with UNPROFOR. 3 more tours of Bosnia were in Warren’s future, Velika Kladusa, Zgon and Glamoc.
-3 RCR Winnipeg 1986.
-3 RCR Baden Germany. 1988
-2 RCR Gagetown 1991
-Canadian School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 1993.
-1 Service Battalion Calgary 1993.
-1 Service Battalion Edmonton 1996.
-1 Combat Engineer Regiment 1998.
-1 Service Battalion Edmonton 2002.
-Lord Strathcona Horse (Royal Canadians) 2006.
-1 Service Battalion Edmonton 2009
Highlights of Warren’s military career;
1- Prep and deploy to Afghanistan with B Squadron LdSH(RC) in the first deployment of Canadian tanks since the Korean War as the Maintenance Sergeant 2006.
2- Deploy to Afghanistan with A Squadron LdSH(RC) Maintenance Sergeant with Leopard 2 tanks 2008.
3- Commander’s Commendation – Camp Julien in Kabul Afghanistan.
4- Commander’s Commendation for prep, deploy and maint of the aging of Leopard 1 Tanks in 2006-07.
To quote Warren “Leading Troops on Operations in Afghanistan was the honour of my life. Misery loves good company and I was among the best in the world”.
In 2011 Warren retired from the CAF and works as a Maint Supervisor, Light Vehicle Shop in Fort McMurray.
He accepted a position on The Rolling Barrage PTSD Foundation, Board of Directors in November 2022 and has committed to a 3rd Full Pull in 2023.
Carola Singer – Director / Treasurer
Road Name – “Blitzkrieg”
Carola started to volunteer with The Rolling Barrage beginning of 2019 as the Okotoks organizer. She graduated as the Alberta Lead in 2022. She participated in the ride from 2019 to the present either as a passenger or as a rider.
She is the spouse of a Canadian Forces Veteran and retired Calgary Firefighter who served in those capacities for 35 years.
Carola understands the impact of PTSD from a family member’s perspective. She is honored and loves her brothers and sisters who adopted her into The Rolling Barrage and feels immense gratitude for what The Rolling Barrage has provided for her family and so many others.
In her “spare” time outside of The Rolling Barrage she works full-time as a mortgage broker, rides her bike and tries her best at golf.
Elected as the Treasurer for The Rolling Barrage PTSD Foundation in November 2023, she is currently serving as a Director on the Board and is looking forward to working with the other Directors and the CEO, to help more veterans and first responders and their families.
People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did.
But People will never forget how you made them feel.
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Christian Carter – CEO / Chief Executive Officer
Road Name – “Opie”
Christian has volunteered with The Rolling Barrage since its inception in 2017. Working as the Ontario Lead from 2017 – 2020. In 2021, he participated in The Rolling Barrage by providing transport in Ontario to Marcie Erick of Quilts for Valour (Canada) to present quilts to deserving Veterans.
After The Rolling Barrage 2020, he decided to focus on education studies in Emergency Management at George Brown College and Enterprise Security Management at Sir Wilfred Laurier – Department of Public Safety.
He is a veteran of the CAF having served in all 3 regular force battalions of the Royal Canadian Regiment with a tour in Germany (NATO) and UNPROFOR – Roto 0 in the former Yugoslavia.
On retirement from the service, he has worked in Commercial Property Management in senior security management roles, primarily multi-tenant, office tower complexes in the downtown core of Toronto.
He has been a member of BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) while employed at Avison Young (Canada) as Manager of Risk (Physical Security) and Corporate Security. He is also a 20 year member of ASIS International, a global security management organization, and has served on the ASIS Toronto Chapter – Executive in various capacities over a 5 year period. He maintains credentials and certifications in Security Enterprise Management, Emergency Management, Life and Fire Safety, and Health and Safety. He now works as the Operations Manager in a private security firm in the Greater Toronto Area.
Selected as the CEO by the Board of Directors for The Rolling Barrage PTSD Foundation in November 2022, he assists in the governance of the organization with the Board of Directors and the Executive. His position in The Rolling Barrage PTSD Foundation is unique in that he reports to the Board of Directors but also has Board of Directors Members in the Executive working with him.
He has also helped Renos for Heroes and Hits for Heroes charities in their efforts. He looks forward to his tenure as CEO, meeting as many volunteers, communities, supporters, riders, and sponsors during The Rolling Barrage. He is supported in his efforts by an ever tolerant spouse Sue. In his spare time he likes to watch movies, read, spend time with family and close friends.
Mark Goldade – COO / Chief Operating Officer
Road Name – “Gator”
Master Corporal Mark Edwin Goldade’s remarkable career in the Canadian Forces is a testament to his unwavering commitment, exceptional skills, and dedication to serving both his country and his community. Born on October 25, 1972, Mark’s career in the Canadian Forces began with his enlistment in Winnipeg, MB in December 2009. He completed basic training in Borden in the spring of 2010 and continued to his occupational trades training in Cornwall during the summer of the same year. After learning the fundamentals of military service, Mark was posted to 21 Squadron in North Bay, Ontario, where he specialized in Tactical Data Link, a role that would set the stage for his future accomplishments.
Mark’s dedication and rapid progress in his military career were evident when he was advance promoted to Corporal on April 9, 2013, reflecting his early achievements and potential within the Canadian Forces. Following his time at 21 Squadron, he was posted to 51 OT&E Sqn in November 2013, where he served as a tactical data link instructor and gained expertise in space operations. His contributions included the development of the TDL100 course for DLN, which was adopted CAF-wide, demonstrating his commitment to enhancing the capabilities of the Canadian Armed Forces.
One of the more memorable moments in his military journey was his participation in RIMPAC 2014, where he served as a tactical data link operator at the 613 AOC at Hickam AFB in Hawaii. This multinational joint exercise allowed him to work closely with personnel from various nations, showcasing his professionalism, teamwork, and adaptability in a complex operational environment.
In 2015, Mark’s military service took him to the Middle East as part of Operation Impact. Stationed at Ahmed Al Jaber (AJAB), he served as a tactical data link operator during ROTO2 of Air Task Force Iraq. His dedication extended beyond military expertise as he successfully completed the USMC Combat Lifesaver Course during his deployment, emphasizing his commitment to the well-being and safety of his fellow service members.
In 2016, after his return from Operation Impact, Mark was tasked to Maple Flag in Cold Lake, where he served as a member of the Wing Auxiliary Security Force (WASF) team and took on the role of a crew supervisor, further showcasing his leadership capabilities.
Mark was promoted shortly after to Master Corporal on June 30, 2017, in North Bay, Ontario. This promotion marked another milestone in his career, highlighting his dedication and leadership.
His next posting led him to Clear Air Force Station in Alaska in July 2017, where he assumed the role of a Crew Chief responsible for the Early Warning Radar. His ability to adapt to different roles demonstrated his versatility and his capacity to excel in various aspects of military service.
In the following year, he was posted to Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, where he served as a Missile Warning Duty Operator at the Combined Space Operations Center (CSpOC) within the 614 AOC. His commitment to excellence extended to the establishment of the Coalition Integration Office at 614 AOC, where he played a key role in integrating Section31 web-based applications on the SIPR/REL platform for all coalition space force members. His exceptional contributions in this role were recognized with the Deputy Commander of NORAD Award of Excellence.
In 2021, Mark’s journey led him to 1 Canadian Air Division (1 CAD), where he served as a Senior Operational Duty Tech at the Air Operations Centre (AOC). Mark’s dedication extended to the development of a web-based application that is now in use at multiple AOCs and commands across Canada. His work significantly improved real-time tracking and data processing, enhancing the efficiency of various operations.
One of the remarkable achievements in his career was the identification of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, showcasing his exceptional analytical and strategic thinking. Mark played a pivotal role in the grounding of a Russian registered aircraft at Yellowknife in February of 2022. His keen insights and rapid responses were crucial in addressing this complex situation, highlighting his contributions to global security.
As of January 2023, Mark has been posted to the CAF Transition Center as part of his final posting before his medical release, marking the transition from a remarkable military career to new horizons. He is set to retire from the Canadian Forces and will continue serving Winnipeg in a new capacity, leveraging his skills as a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Preferred Real Estate, where he donates a portion of his commission to Homes for Heroes.
Beyond his military career, Mark is an avid scuba diver, holding numerous certifications through PADI and amassing over 100 hours of bottom time. His passion for diving reflects his adventurous spirit and love for exploring the underwater world.
Additionally, prior to joining the Canadian Forces, Mark worked as a parachute instructor with the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS), where he completed over 600 parachute descents. His early experiences as a parachute instructor enriched his skills and contributed to his development as a well-rounded military professional.
Throughout his career, Mark has been a dedicated home brewer for many years, channeling his creativity into crafting unique brews. In November, he achieved a significant milestone by releasing his first commercially brewed beer in collaboration with One Great City Brewery, aptly named “Home is where the Heart is.” This beer is sold with profits benefiting Homes for Heroes, reflecting his commitment to supporting meaningful causes.
Mark’s personal life is marked by his family, as he has one daughter who is married and resides in Carnduff, Saskatchewan, with her husband and three children. He shares his life with his fiancee, Leeona, here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In addition to his military career, Mark proudly serves as the Manitoba president for UN/NATO Veterans, further exemplifying his commitment to serving his community and fellow veterans.
As of September 2023, Mark has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer for The Rolling Barrage PTSD Foundation, a role that aligns with his passion for motorcycles and his dedication to supporting veterans. His involvement with the foundation reflects his ongoing commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of those who have served their country.
Master Corporal Mark Edwin Goldade’s military career is a testament to his dedication, unwavering commitment, and significant contributions. His journey in the Canadian Forces has been marked by several promotions, achievements, and continuous growth, highlighting his outstanding service and leadership. As he embarks on his well-deserved retirement, his legacy of excellence and dedication will continue to inspire future generations within the Canadian Forces.
Andrew Dolman / Police Liaison
Road Name – “Road King”
I was born and raised in Regina, SK (Go Riders). In 1993 I signed on the line and joined the Canadian Army Reserve, 10 FD Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery, in Regina. I completed 7 years and left the Army as a Sergeant and I was accepted into the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
On graduating RCMP Depot in the summer of 2000, I was posted to F Division (Saskatchewan), in the town of Canora. I moved around F Division, finally ending up in Broadview, Saskatchewan, where I am currently posted in Traffic Services as a Team Leader/Supervisor (Corporal).
During my RCMP service, I have been able to continue my affiliation with the Canadian Armed Forces through the Cadet program as a Cadet Instructor.
I learned of the Rolling Barrage during their inaugural run in 2017. I was able to meet them, while on duty, as they entered Saskatchewan and I was able to assist them, in a limited capacity, as they moved through my patrol area.
As a recently trained Police Motorcycle Officer, in 2018 I was able to assist The Rolling Barrage along with a couple other riders, by escorting them at least partway across the Province.
By 2019, the whole F Division Motorcycle team, along with several Municipal Motorcycle units, got permission to become involved in escorting the Rolling Barrage from border to border. I have had the opportunity to ride with The Rolling Barrage both as an escort or as a participant for every year, except in 2022 when I had to sit out due to a broken leg!
I have joined the ride from Manitoba through to BC and recently rode with them in Nova Scotia in 2023.
In anticipation of retiring in the summer of 2024, I have been given the opportunity to take over the position of Police Liaison from my former colleague Mark Doratti. I have known and worked with Mark both while he was in the RCMP and during his time in The Rolling Barrage. I look forward to my turn assisting the Rolling Barrage and working with all our partner Police agencies in 2024, and beyond, to keep all our riders and escorts safe as they traverse this awesome country, year after year.
To all our escort partners, Thank You for your Service to our communities and for your ongoing support of The Rolling Barrage.
Jason Graham / Fire Liaison
I started with The Rolling Barrage in early 2023. I had recently retired from the Calgary Fire Department as a District Chief after a 27 year career and was looking for an opportunity to help the members of the first responder and military communities. I wanted to do this to honour the memory and the struggle of my colleagues, those that were ultimately overcome by PTSD and those that continue to fight.
It was through a conversation with Shawn and Carola Singer, both very much involved in TRB as well as Shawn being a Calgary Fire Dept. colleague, that I came to be part of the TRB team. There are those in this organization who have forgotten more about motorcycles and riding than I will ever know. I had not ridden with more than one other person prior to riding two legs of the 2023 cross-country event. Being part of over 100 riders going down the highway then spending the evening together in camaraderie is a powerful thing.
I enjoy my role as the Fire Liaison. I get to have conversations with fire and EMS people from across the country. By informing them of our organization and the cross-country ride, and requesting their support and involvement, I feel that I’m helping to remove any remaining stigma around PTSD. Most importantly, I hope that I’m bringing more riders to each leg who will see that they are not alone and helpless in whatever struggle they have.
Since retiring from the Calgary Fire Department, my wife and I now live in the beautiful Okanagan, B.C. From our home near Vernon, we enjoy finding new trails to hike, areas to explore, and roads to ride.
Theresa Traverse / Merchandise Rep
Road Name – “Starlight”
Theresa became aware of The Rolling Barrage in 2019 when Warren had mentioned that he was doing a motorcycle trip to bring awareness of PTSD. I joined the ride in 2021, 2022 in Winnipeg and completed the Full Pull in 2023.
Theresa joined the military in 1990 as a Med Tech and in 2010 she completed the Physician Assistant course with a BSc from the University of Nebraska. She retired in 2021 with just over 30yrs of service completed.
During her service she completed 6 tours; Bosnia 1997, 2002-2003, Kosovo 1999, Kabul 2004, Ukraine 2017, CF Alert 2020. She also completed Op Nanook in Rankin Inlet 2016, and multiple OP Lentus to BC for the fires and flood.
She spent most of her career on the Western part of Canada Calgary, Edmonton, and Wainwright. Then she had the opportunity to be posted to CFB Gander which was home for her.
The highlights of her career was being company medic for B Coy, 1 PPCLI and deploying with them on multiple occasions.
Also, she was honoured to been given the opportunity to be a physician assistant with LDSH and deployed to Ukraine with LDSH and 1 CER EOD.
She was honoured to provide support and care to each unit and base in which she worked.
Now that she has been retired since 2021, she continues to work as a Physician Assistant at CAFHS Edmonton as a contractor.
In 2023 she volunteered to be the Merch Rep as she wanted to become more involved and help the organization.
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Chad Sainsbury – Newfoundland – Team Lead
Hi, my name is Chad Sainsbury, I am not a veteran or first responder but my brother is, as well as many other family and friends. I live in Pouch Cove, NL with my wife and two children. I am an Industrial Electrician at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL.
I first became aware of The Rolling Barrage (TRB) in 2022 when my brother, Chris Sainsbury – a retired vet, came from his home in Germany to ride the pull from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. My interest in the TRB began as I listened to him tell me about his adventures and the friends he made during the trip.
The following year Chris was the Newfoundland & Labrador Rep for TRB 2023, which he was coordinating from Germany. Though not an actual participant, I assisted my brother wherever and whenever I was able.
Approximately one month before kickstands up (KSU) 2023 Chris convinced me to take my family and make a vacation out of following the TRB as far as Nova Scotia, where my wife is originally from. We hosted a meal for the TRB riders at my home, participated in the 2 pre-days, and followed in our SUV for 3 days, making new friends all along the way. It was one of the best experiences I have had in years. I enjoyed the fellowship of the members so much that I proceeded in purchasing a bike at 11:30 pm the night before KSU, even though I had never ridden a motorcycle before.
When I heard that TRB was looking for someone to organize the Newfoundland leg for 2024 and that my name had been mentioned I was unsure about it, but by the time we parted in Nova Scotia, I had realized that I wanted to be involved and assist in any way possible..
I am now the Newfoundland Rep for TRB 2024 and can’t wait for the new experience to actually ride alongside my brother and new friends. The camaraderie and friendships you make during this event are ones that last a lifetime. I am looking forward to experiencing KSU 2024 and furthering this great cause!
Ian Hutchings – Nova Scotia – Team Lead
My name is Ian Hutchings, I did my first ride with “The Rolling Barrage” (TRB) in 2021. I rode 3 days and was immediately accepted as family.
I initially felt like a outsider, as I ‘m not military, nor a first responder. I simply ride for my brother who was both. His good friend told me about the ride and we road the first year together.
My brother road many years to help his PTSD but was never aware of The Rolling Barrage. I know if he was, he would have supported this amazing group of riders. I also know he would be proud of his little brother for helping this great cause. My job now is to spread the word and help this ride progress.
In early 2022 I also was asked if I could help organize the Nova Scotia legs, I was very happy to do more than just ride to support the group. So in August 2022, I again road the first three days on the east coast to New Brunswick. I was very proud we had our best number of participants depart Halifax in 2022, it was a great kick-off to the cross country run. From Legions donating lobster dinners in Yarmouth to the Windsor Legions incredible lunch stop, Nova Scotia showed their hospitality. I also secretly decided to rejoin the ride again in Alberta and ride another three days to Vancouver (checking out how the west coast showed their hospitality – it did not disappoint).
I flew to Calgary and rented a bike there. It was also retracing the route my brother and I road in 2018 before he passed. It was a very special few days of riding, with a group of very special people. I really needed to be there for the finish of the ride, as I wanted to see it through. So perhaps the first “split puller” in The Rolling Barrage’s history as I was able to be part of the finish. One day when work allows, I will cross this great country with the Barrage as a true “Full Puller”.
I am very much looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2023 and ride again to support those in need. Come out and join in for a leg, a day or all the way!!! You will not be disappointed to have this group “as” your new extended “family”.
Rick LeBlanc – Saskatchewan – Team Lead
My name is Rick LeBlanc and I am honoured to be able to support my fellow veterans, and the broader first responder community, to raise money to combat the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress by finding ways to live with the experiences that affect them. I started riding late in life, just a few years ago at age 40, and I haven’t looked back since.
I stumbled across The Rolling Barrage by chance just after completing the basic rider safety course, and my wife and I met up with them in Yorkton, SK. I wish I could describe the experience, but words just don’t do it just. The energy, the support, the love when linking up is amazing – and I didn’t even know anyone! That didn’t last long and both my wife and I are looking forward to joining the ride each year we can, and doing the full pull at least once.
I am a veteran, I struggle with mental health, and I have lost dearly. I have also found a little way to give back for all the kindness that has helped me survive by helping make sure this year’s ride goes smoothly in Saskatchewan. Post-Traumatic Stress is a normal reaction to dealing with the worst that humanity has to offer. It’s up to us to support those we send into those situations afterwards.
Michelle Croteau – Quebec – Team Lead
Je me nomme Michelle Croteau. Je ne suis pas vétérane ni première répondante, mais des membres de ma famille ont servi les Forces Armées Canadiennes et des amis font partis des premiers répondants. Dans la vie de tous les jours je suis maman, belle-maman d’une famille
recomposée et gestionnaire de projet.
Lors de ma première participation, j’étais en transition entre deux emplois. Je venais de quitter un emploi qui me procurait beaucoup de stress. Je souffrais d’anxiété et j’avais plusieurs symptômes d’épuisement professionnel et de dépression. C’est mon beau-père, lui-même vétéran, qui nous a parlé du TRB comme étant
une occasion de faire de la moto et de supporter des gens souffrant de syndrome post- traumatique. C’est dans ce contexte que mon conjoint François et moi avons participé pour la première fois à The Rolling Barrage en 2021 (5ième Édition).
La première journée j’étais gênée, car je ne connaissais personne outre mes beaux-parents. Je n’avais pas l’impression d’être à ma place, puisque j’étais une civile. Puis, petit-à-petit, des liens se sont créés. Après trois jours, nous ne voulions pas partir et avons prolongé notre voyage d’une journée. Cette dernière journée est une journée unique qui est gravée dans mon cœur à jamais. C’est à ce moment que j’ai pris conscience que maseule présence et mon écoute pouvaient faire une
différence. Que même si je n’avais pas servi mon pays ou ma communauté comme la majorité des participants, je pouvais offrir mon support à ceux ayant revêtu l’uniforme.
Depuis, c’est un rendez-vous annuel pour moi. C’est d’abord un rendez-vous avec moi-même, un temps de pause dans cette vie si chargée mais aussi un rendez-vous avec cette belle et grande communauté qui se tisse d’un océan à l’autre, kilomètre après kilomètre. C’est l’occasion de retrouver des personnes au cœur si généreux qui sont devenus des amis en quelques jours. Au fil des kilomètres on réalise que ces blessures invisibles n’ont pas de métier, elles nous touchent tous et c’est lorsqu’on commence à en parler ouvertement, que doucement, les barrières s’estompent, que l’on s’ouvre et que le chemin vers le mieux-être peut commencer. Il ne faut pas rester silencieux. Alors c’est avec beaucoup d’humilité et une immense gratitude envers l’organisation qu’après trois années de participation j’ai accepté de relever le défi d’être représentante pour le Québec avec mon conjoint. C’est ma façon à moi de redonner à ceux qui nous donne tant et de contribuer à cette cause.
My name is Michelle. I am not a veteran or first responder, but some of my family members have served the Canadian Armed Forces and friends are among the first responders.
In everyday life I am a mother, mother-in-law of a stepfamily and project manager.
When I first participated, I was transitioning between two jobs. I had just left a job that was giving me a lot of stress. I was suffering from anxiety and had several symptoms of burnout and depression.
It was my father-in-law, himself a veteran, who told us about TRB as an opportunity to ride a motorcycle and support people with post-traumatic stress disorder.
It is in this context that my husband François and I participated for the first time in The Rolling Barrage in 2021 (5th edition).
The first day I was shy, because I didn’t know anyone besides my in-laws. I didn’t feel like I belonged, since I was a civilian. Then, little by little, links were created. After three days, we didn’t want to leave and extended our trip by one day. This last day is a unique day that is engraved in my heart forever. That’s when I realized that my mere presence and listening could make a difference.
That even if I had not served my country or my community like the majority of participants, I could offer my support to those who had wear the uniform. Since then, it has been an annual event for me. It is first of all an appointment with myself, a time of pause in this life so busy but also an appointment with this beautiful and large community that is woven from coast to coast, kilometer after kilometer.
It is an opportunity to meet people with such generous hearts who have become friends in a few days. Over the kilometers we realize that these invisible wounds have no job, they affect us all and it is when we begin to talk about them openly, that slowly, the barriers fade, that we open and that the path to well-being can begin. We must not remain silent.
So it is with great humility and immense gratitude to the organization that after three years of participation I accepted the challenge of being a representative for Quebec with my husband. It’s my way of giving back to those who give so much and contributing to this cause.
Francois Couture – Quebec – Team Lead
Je m’appelle François Couture et c’est mon père, qui est vétéran, qui m’a parlé du The Rolling Barrage (TRB). C’est donc à la suite de quelques discussions, que ma conjointe et moi avons rejoint mes parents lors de l’édition de 2021.
Nous avons rejoint le groupe à Montmagny au Québec, avec un plan de voyage de trois jours qui devait nous amener jusqu’en Ontario. J’avais peu d’expérience de conduite de moto en groupe et je ne connaissais que quelques participants. Je me sentais comme une recrue. En plus, en tant que civil, je me sentais un peu imposteur de me joindre à eux. Dès les premières heures, desparticipants m’ont conseillé afin que je me sente àl’aise de rouler en groupe. Puis rapidement le même jour, puisque je suis camionneur et que je connais bien la région de Montréal, on m’a demandé de seconder le leader pour guider le groupe. Je me rappelle comment j’étais impressionné d’être devant mais aussi de voirtoutes ces motos dans mes rétroviseurs!
Lors des arrêts, j’aimais en profiter pour prendre des photos des participants et croquer sur le vif certains moments uniques. Puis les liens se sont tissés et après trois jours je n’avais pas envie de partir. Nous avons donc décidé d’ajouter une journée à notre voyage. De retour à la maison, j’avais les bleues, je me sentais vide, j’avais envie de prendre le premier avion pour les rejoindre à l’autre bout du pays.
Depuis, à chaque année nous ajoutons une journée de plus à notre itinéraire. Je découvre avec plaisir des régions de mon pays, je fais de belles rencontres et je tisse de belles amitiés. Chaque année, c’est un moment que j’attends avec impatience. C’est avec un immense plaisir qu’à l’issue de l’édition 2023 j’ai accepté de rejoindre l’organisation à titre de représentant du Québec avec ma conjointe Michelle.
My name is François Couture and it is my father, who is a veteran, who told me about The Rolling Barrage (TRB). It was after some discussions, that my wife and I joined my parents during the 2021 edition.
We joined the group in Montmagny, Quebec, with a three-day travel plan that would take us all the way to Ontario.
I had little experience riding motorcycles in a group and I only knew a few participants. I felt like a rookie. Also, as a civilian, I felt a bit impostor to join them.
From the first hours, participants advised me so that I felt comfortable riding in a group. Then quickly the same day, since I am a truck driver and since I know the Montreal area well, I was asked to assist the lead bike to guide the group.
I remember how impressed I was to be in front as well as to see all these bikes in my mirrors! During the stops, I liked to take pictures of the participants and sketch on the spot some unique moments.
Then the bonds were forged and after three days I didn’t want to leave. So we decided to add a day to our trip. Back home, I had the blues, I felt empty, I wanted to take the first plane to join them on the other side of the country.
Since then, every year we add an extra day to our itinerary. I discover with pleasure regions of my country, I make beautiful encounters and I weave beautiful friendships.
Every year is a moment I look forward to. It is with great pleasure that at the end of the 2023 edition I agreed to join the organization as a representative of Quebec with my wife Michelle.
Keith Campeau – Alberta – Team Lead
Road Name – “P-Stop”
My name is Keith Campeau and I am an 18 year Army Veteran. I served 15 years Regular Force as a Vehicle Technician (2002-2017) and 3 years in the Reserves as MSE Op (1990-1993).
I joined The Rolling Barrage 2023 for the very first time and committed to the Full Pull. I was also invited to be part of the safety team as a Tailgunner, a role I readily accepted with honor and pride. Riding a motorcycle across our great nation with The Rolling Barrage I felt the positive impact that TRB had on me which enabled me to restart a healing process. I also noticed the effect the TRB had on others and their own journey of healing.
My experience on TRB 2023 has changed my life, and my family, for the better and I wish to pass on the opportunity for ALL others suffering in silence so that they may also start to heal and find peace.
Carola has left me with big shoes to fill, but I am up to the challenges that lie ahead to continue the work that she has started here in Alberta. Here’s to making TRB 2024 as epic for everyone as TRB 2023 was for me.
Alberta Team Lead
Full Pull Alumni
Road names: P-Stop
Todd Watson – British Columbia – Team Lead
Road Name – “Dirty Todd”
Joined on my 18th Birthday in September 1985, after completing basic training and Battle School I was posted to 3 RCR in Winnipeg. During the 2 years in Winnipeg as we all did, was qualified in all aspects of an infantry soldier before we deployed to Germany. 4 years in Germany was all great until a blown out left knee lead me to surgery which never really healed and did not allow me to continue to be combat ready. Although being stubborn I pushed the boundaries allotted by my medical category. I was sent to 2 RCR in 1992 upon closure of CFB Baden and finished my career before an inevitable medical release occurred.
I served from 1985-1993 with the RCR’s and upon release was employed in BC Corrections and hit my 30 years in. Have supported The Rolling Barrage in some aspect from the onset but more of late with little legs here and there. Took on the role of British Columbia lead when approached by Scott Casey and Jim Gordon this year. I promote The Rolling Barrage as often as I can with communication and flaunting Barrage Swag! Looking forward to upcoming years and fingers crossed, doing a Full Pull on the 10-Year Anniversary. That I think is going to be epic. Currently, a member of the UN Nato Veterans organization and sport the road name of Dirty Todd given to me by the Mainland Crew here in BC.