Colonel (Retired) Donald Stewart Ethell,
OC, OMM, MSC, OStJ, AOE, CD
For over 38 years Colonel Don
Ethell served as an infanteer in the Canadian Army (Regular). He retired
from the Army in July 1993. Throughout his Service, Don’s tours of duty
have included three years of NATO service in Germany, and extensive service
in Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Central America, and the
Balkans. During one of his tours in the Middle East he successfully planned,
negotiated, and commanded two short-notice large scale Prisoner of War and
body exchanges between Israel and Syria - two countries at war. For these
actions the Governor General awarded the Meritorious
Service Cross to Don. During the first Persian Gulf War Don served
for 16 months as the Chief of Staff/Deputy Force Commander with the Middle
Force & Observers. Ethell’s
last tour of international service was as the Canadian Head of Mission to
Community's Military Mission to the former Yugoslavia during the
wars of 1992 in both in Croatia and Bosnia.
Between a series of overseas Peacekeeping tours (ie from 1987 until
1990) Colonel Ethell served in National Defence Headquarters as the Director of Peacekeeping Operations (DPkO).
As DPkO, his duties encompassed Canadian Forces’ activities in
Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and Namibia.
Included in this timeframe were a series of Canadian initiatives, and
secondments to the United Nations, activities associated with Arias
Peace Plan for the five countries of Central America.
The Ethell-led comprehensive on-site reconnaissance and plan was
subsequently accepted and adopted as the Deployment and Operational Plan for
the UN Force in Central America. His
operational plan was also tabled in the Canadian House of Commons.
Following his retirement in
1993 Colonel Ethell served as CARE Canada’s Security Adviser in Kenya and
Somalia, the latter during the activities of the Coalition Forces in
Somalia; and, during the spring of 1994 served as the military advisor to
Price Waterhouse's review of the Republic of Ireland’s Defence Forces.
Serving as a consultant to large US Defence Contractor, Don's
consulting company successfully bid on Service Support contracts with United
Nations Peace Support Forces in Rwanda, Angola, Haiti, and the Balkans.
Having completed fours years as the National President, currently
Colonel Ethell is the Liaison Officer to VAC for the Canadian
Association of Veterans in United Nations Peacekeepers. He is the
Honourary Chairman of the Gulf War
Veterans Association of Canada; a member of the Princess
Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Association; the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Association; the Canadian Airborne Association; the Royal Canadian Legion and the ANAVETS.
For five years Ethell served
as a member of the Veterans Affairs
Canada, Canadian Forces Advisory
Council, a council which
contributed to the drafting and issue of the New
Veterans Charter for CF Veterans and their families (Bill C45). For six years he served as the voluntary Chair for the joint
Department of National Defence (DND) & Veterans Affairs Canada
Operational Stress Injuries Social
Structure (OSISS) Advisory Committee.
He now chairs the recently formed Joint
VAC-DND-RCMP Mental Health Advisory Committee.
In recognition of his
military service and the charitable associations, in 2002 he was made a
member of the Order of Alberta (ie Alberta Order of Excellence). On
the 17th of February 2006, Colonel Ethell was invested by the
Governor General of Canada as an Officer of the Order
of Canada. He is an
Officer of the Order
of Military Merit and the Order
of St John
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