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Jan 27, 2015 at 09:19 AM

Welcome to my online office. I have set up this website to give you a chance
to interact with me directly and to learn a little bit more about my work to
Stand Up for St. Catharines in Ottawa. I hope you will take the time to read
my blog, check out the community calendar and look at the services available
through my Community Office. Most of all, I hope you will take the time to
communicate your ideas and concerns by commenting on my blog, voting for the
online polls or sending me an e-mail. This website is here for you, so
please share your thoughts and ideas.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Rick Dykstra

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage


General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk becomes Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs
Oct 30, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced General (Retired) Walter Natynczyk, currently President of the Canadian Space Agency, becomes Deputy Minister of Veterans Affairs, effective November 3, 2014.

Bio: General (Retired) Walter John Natynczyk, C.M.M., MSC, CD


Business Administration Degree, Royal Roads Military College and College militaire royal de Saint-Jean, Quebec

Graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and StaffCollege, Toronto, Ontario

Masters of Military Science, United StatesArmyWarCollege, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Professional Experience

Since August 2013

President of the Canadian Space Agency

2008 - 2012

Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Forces

2006 - 2008

Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Forces

2005 - 2006

Chief of Transformation, Canadian Forces

2004 - 2005

Deputy Director of Strategy, Policy and Plans, then Deputy Commanding General of the Multi-National Corps (Iraq), on exchange with the United States Army

2002 - 2003

Deputy Commanding General, III Corps in Fort Hood, Texas, United States Army

2001 - 2003

Student, US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

1999 - 2001

Director, Joint Operations and Plans (J3), Canadian Forces

1998 - 1999

Canadian Contingent Commander (Bosnia-Herzegovina), North Atlantic Treaty Organization - Stabilization Force

1996 - 1998

Commanding Officer, The Royal Canadian Dragoons, Petawawa, Ontario

1995 - 1996

Deputy Director, National Headquarter Secretariat, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff, Canadian Forces

1994 - 1995

Chief of Operations Sector South West (Bosnia-Herzegovina), then ChiefLand Operations United Nations Protection Force, Zagreb, Croatia

1986 - 1994

Various staff and command positions, Canadian Forces, including a United Nations tour of duty in Cyprus (1989), and postings in Petawawa and Toronto, Ontario, and Saint-Hubert, Quebec

1983 - 1986

Squadron Commander, Royal Military College of Canada

1979 - 1983

Various positions, The Royal Canadian Dragoons, Canadian Forces Europe, Lahr, Germany

1977 - 1979

Student, Royal Military College Saint-Jean, Quebec

1975 - 1977

Student, Royal Roads Military College, Victoria, B.C.

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October 2014 Newsletter - Remembrance Day Edition
Oct 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

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In this month's newsletter: Remembrance Day - Lest We Forget, Federal Gas Tax, Fitness Tax Credit, Economy.

[Click here to download October 2014 Newsletter]

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Book of Condolences for soldiers tragically killed this week are available at 61 Geneva St
Oct 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM

A book of condolences is available for signing at the Community Office, 61 Geneva Street in St. Catharines.  Books are available for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo from Hamilton and for Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.

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