Steve Nolan M.S.M. CD
Advisor/Veteran/All-Around Great Guy
Originally from Toronto, Steve joined the Royal Canadian Regiment in 1993, following his graduation from Western University. Early in his career, he deployed several times including OP HARMONY in the Former Yugoslav Republic in 1994, OP ASSISTANCE (Winnipeg Flood), Bosnia on OP PALLADIUM (June 1998), and Kosovo OP KINETIC (May 2000). As Officer Commanding Echo Company 1 RCR he saw service in Afghanistan on OP ATHENA with 1 RCR as part of the Operational Mentor Liaison Team in 2008 mentoring an Afghan Battalion. Later returning to Afghanistan with numerous assistance and training visits. Steve was also sent to Nigeria in an advisory role in 2014 as part of an international response to Boko Haram’s abduction of young girls from Chibok.
Steve has a Master of Public Administration from the School of Policy Studies, from Queens University. As well he has graduated from the Canadian Command and Staff College and subsequently received a Master of Defence Studies.
Most recently, he was a Garrison Commanding Officer in Petawawa. His purview there included oversight of the eight senior managers in the delivery of administrative services to Garrison Petawawa, Denison Armoury in Toronto, and another satellite detachment in London Ontario. These services included kitchen facility operations, retail operations, family services, rental property portfolio management, finance, and risk management. Steve also oversaw a renewal of the release process for soldiers transitioning to civilian life. Bringing health services, the Joint Personnel Services Unit (JPSU), administrative release section, Military Family Resource Centres, and Veterans Affairs together to better serve soldiers releasing from the military.
He currently lives in Ottawa with his wife Samantha McDonald and their three children Cairns, Blake, and Amelia. An avid car enthusiast, he can often be found in his garage where he and his children are attempting to rebuild and remodel a 1969 Triumph GT6 in the image of a former Le Mans winner. He volunteers his time helping homeless vets with the Veteran’s Emergency Transition Services (VETS) in Ottawa and helping with exhibits and presentations at the Canadian War Museum.
Clinic Mascot/Therapy Dog/Chief Cuddle Giver
Duke is a six-year-old Black Labrador Retriever who received two years of extensive training
at the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind centre in Manotick, Ontario. Here is a link to their website http://www.guidedogs.ca/index2.php
It’s a great place that is always looking for people to help with the dogs or to help out financially.
Unfortunately for Duke, he didn’t pass the course and so he has a new career as a therapy/ service dog. He helps in the clinic on most days greeting clients or staying with them during counselling.