Colonel Russell Mann
Colonel Russell Mann was awarded this distinction in 2013 for his outstanding contributions and commitment to the Military Families in Canada initiative. The Military Families in Canada initiative is a collaborative partnership between the Military Family Services Program and the Vanier Institute of the Family. This initiative serves to increase the availability and accessibility of services and supports to military families across Canada and to educate and inform the greater community about military life.
“The Vanier Institute of the Family is delighted to be honouring Colonel Mann with this award for his distinguished contribution to the Military Families in Canada initiative. The Institute has a long history with military families, who are valued members of Canadian society, and is proud to be working with Colonel Mann and his team on this important initiative.”
– Nora Spinks, CEO, Vanier Institute of the Family
Colonel R.B. (Russ) Mann is the Director of Quality of Life/Military Family Services for the Canadian Armed Forces. Upon graduating from the Royal Military College in Kingston in 1983, Colonel Mann began his service with the Royal Canadian Air Force, where he coordinated administration and logistics for tactical helicopter operations. He deployed on international operations twice as officer commanding the National Support Element with the Multinational Force and Observers in Egypt and with the United Nations Observer Group in Central America. He had the privilege of serving as a Commanding Officer of the 1 Canadian Air Division/Canadian NORAD Region Headquarters. As 3 Wing Administration Officer Bagotville, Quebec, he coordinated administrative and financial services to Canadian Armed Forces personnel and their families. In Joint Operations, Colonel Mann supported domestic and international relief operations. With his American colleagues, he served through 9/11 as a Movements Officer and Watch Chief with the Strategic Mobility Division of Pacific Command in Honolulu, Hawaii. With NATO, Colonel Mann served as Executive Assistant to the first Canadian Deputy Commander of Joint Force Command Naples, Italy.
As a Director of Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS), Colonel Mann revived a Quality of Life capacity and merged it with Military Family Services and Dependant Education Management to meet the needs of today’s Canadian military family. Although services remain important, engagement with the Canadian community and with provincial governments are essential capabilities of the team that he now leads.