NORTH BAY -- The Canadore College ladies and men’s varsity volleyball teams were snagging points, not just for them, but for the military men and women in attendance from 22 Wing/Canadian Armed Forces Base North Bay.

The college invited base personnel along with their families to catch the action. Since North Bay has had a strong military presence for years, it was decided a decade ago to thank the men and women for the sacrifices that they make to keep our country safe through the college’s Military Appreciation Game.

“The community of North Bay and Canadore College have been a great sponsor for the military and the military families and it just means so much that they take a day to honour the families,” says 22 Wing/CFB North Bay Commander Col. Mark Lachapelle.

Canadore College President and CEO George Burton says this event is all about thanking the servicemen and women.

“Thank you to the military for all they do in our community. They’re our neighbours, our coaches, our volunteers, and with the NORAD presence they keep our borders safe.”

The college has a long-standing relationship with staff stationed at the base. A few years ago, a large-scale program called Operation Legacy Project Scramble was launched in support of military families.

“It is raising money for scholarships for military and military families and that was with great success with support from the community,” says Burton.

As part of the occasion, Lachapelle thanked the college for its commitment to those serving saying they will be always be here to protect Canada and most importantly its citizens.

“The men and women of 22 Wing along with our USAF counterparts take their job seriously and the defence of North America, and in particular Canada, is near and dear to our hearts,” says Lachapelle.

Lachapelle promises his dedicated crew will continue to be on the front lines protecting this great nation for generations to come.