I am Daniel Maillet,
I manage this blog. That includes re-posting CAF news from several reputable news sources and on the odd occasion, post an original article expressing my views on the CAF.
My interest and awareness in the Canadian Armed Forces started at a young age; growing up with my father and one of my Grandfathers being members of the RCAF. My other Grandfather was a member of the Canadian Army. I grew up around the Air Force, and took a liking to the idea of flying. At 14 I joined the Air Cadets, where I remained until I aged out of the program; leaving with the rank of Warrant Office 1st Class; and commanding a squadron of nearly 100 cadets. I spent summers training in Bagotville and Valcartier, Quebec, and became even closer to the military.
During my Undergraduate degree I considered joining the CAF; however, the recruiting office was pushing for front-line infantry for deployment to Afghanistan. I don't blame them, it was 2008; and the height of the fight for Kandahar Province, I declined. Instead, I turned towards my next passion, History. I finished my undergrad and went to Teachers College, but my interested and (to some) obsession with the CAF has never waned.
Currently, I am an active high school teacher in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Outside of teaching, As a dedicated passionate teacher/learner of history, I am always looking to learn something new from research and my students. I work hard everyday to help my students become self-motivated independent learners. Aside from being a teacher, I also run my own private tutoring business.
For as long as I can remember I have loved history, and found it frustrating how many of my classmates, and most recently students believe that history is boring. I hope to change that persona in the minds of my students, and help grow a future generation of great historians.
I have had the opportunity to travel to the Battlefields of France, Belgium and the Netherlands on two occasions; first in 2007 as a participant of the 90th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge Celebrations, where I represented L/Cpl Peter B. Armstrong who died on the ridge in 1917; and again in 2011 as part of a Battlefields Tour. I take every opportunity to use my experience on the Battlefields to teach my students the human cost of the two World Wars.