IRELAND CANADA MONUMENT

Kevin Vickers was appointed Ambassador

of Canada to Ireland in January 2015. He                                                                               previously served as the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House of Commons.                    226                                 Born and raised in Newcastle (now part of the city of Miramichi), New Brunswick. He studied at St. Francis Xavier University and the University of Calgary.

Mr. Vickers had a successful 29-year-long career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), attaining the rank of Chief Superintendent. With the RCMP, he was called upon to successfully lead a number of high-profile investigations, including homicides, national criminal investigations, international drug importations, and a national investigation into those responsible for the safety of Canada's blood supply. He also played an important role in defusing the 1999-2000 Burnt Church Native Fishing Crisis, as the RCMP Incident Commander. Entrusted with providing security for VIP guests to Canada, such as HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Andrew, Vickers also served as an Aide-de-Camp for the Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, and held positions as Director-General for the Aboriginal Police Services Branch and Director-General for the National Contract Policing Branch of the RCMP. In this latter role, in 2005 at the RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa, he led the Canadian police community in developing a National Strategy for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation on the Internet. This initiative resulted in $45 million of funding and the creation of a National Centre of Expertise.
      Vickers was appointed Director of Security Operations for the House of Commons in June 2005. He was soon after appointed as Sergeant-at-Arms (August 2006-January 2015). There he was responsible—along with a team of 1,000 employees—for ensuring the security of the Parliamentary Precinct, and for operations that supported the functions of Parliament, including: building management (30 buildings), food services, transportation, printing and mailing services, and for facilitating the requirements of the National Press Gallery. Mr. Vickers was also responsible of the implementation of the Long-Term Vision and Plan for the Parliamentary Precinct Services. He was hailed as a hero by Canada’s parliamentarians, and other prominent Canadian and international figures for his actions in stopping the October 2014 attack at the Parliament of Canada.
      Kevin Vickers is the recipient of the Queen's Jubilee Medal, the Canada 125 Medal, and the RCMP Long Service Medal. He has also been recognized by the Community of Burnt Church for his outstanding service to their community, and by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency for his “Outstanding Contribution to Drug Enforcement.”

Ambassador 2010 - 2015                                   

Ambassador Pat and Carol Binns at the         2007 Thanksgiving Dinner Dinner.               ICS Chair Dave Wilson looks on.

     Hearn was born in the fishing village of Renews, Newfoundland, where he received his early education. His father, from Carrick-on-Suir Tipperary, left there ca.800, just before the Great Hunger. His mother’s family were Sheehans from Kilkenny.

     After graduating from high school, he began his studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of New Brunswick. He began his career as a teacher in Renews and Trepassey, Newfoundland and Labrador before his political career began in 1982, he served as Minister for Education from 1985 to 1989.  In 2000 he entered federal politics as a member of the Conservative Party and was elected a Member of Parliament serving as House Leadder, Canadian Heritage Critic, Public Works and Goverment Services Critic, and Critic of the  Leader of the Government in the House of Commons. Loyola Hearn was named Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on February 6, 2006.  Hearn was faced with many crisis around the issue of fish plants in rural Newfoundland communities, often finding himself in conflict with the provincial government, business and unions. Just prior to the dissolution of Parliament in September 2008, Hearn announced that he would not stand for re-election.

          Loyola Hearn was appointed as Canada's Ambassador to Ireland in 2010 - the 28th Canadian Ambassador to Ireland.
         Hearn and his wife, Maureen, have a son, David and a daughter, Laurita.        225

tragic story of their leaving in 1845 , have a lively exchange with the students and teachers at the local school.and be congratulated for 'pulling the perfect pint' in the Fox's Den, Keash.

         Patrick George Binns                  

   Kevin Michael Vickers          

Ambassador 2007 - 2010                                   

His Excellency Loyola Hearn and wife Maureen in Sligo visit sites of mass emmigration to Canada, meet with local historians,  visit the old Kearvny family homestead and learn the

Binns earned his Masters in Communit  Development at the University of Alberta. In the summer of 1970 he worked in PEI where he met Carol, his future wife. They worked in Northern Alberta then returned to PEI where Binns was employed by the Rural Development Council and the Provincial Government. Pat and Carol bought a farm in PEI where they raised their four children, kept sheep and grew edible beans.
     In 1978, Binns was elected to the PEI Legislature as an Opposition member. Re-elected he was appointed a Cabinet Minister. In 1984 he was elected Federal MP for Cardigan. Defeated in 1988, Binns developed a consulting business and was a founding partner in Island Bean Limited.
      Binns became Leader of the PC Party of PEI in 1996. He was elected premier for three terms and was known as the province's "affable and unassuming premier."  

    in 2007, was named Canada’s Ambassador to Ireland.                                             Born in 1948, the son of Stan and Phyllis Binns, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Pat (Paddy) was always close to his Grandad, Pat Evans, who had emigrated from Co. Monaghan (ca. 1912) and settled in western Canada, employed as a CN Railway engineer and had instilled in his grandson a love of Ireland. It follows that Bintns appreciated this opportunity to work where his roots and Irish relatives (Ronaghan and Sweeney) and his friend Willie McKenna were.

     In 2010, Binns was appointed Consul General to New England. He and Carol retired to their PEI farm in 2014 returning  to Ireland for visits with friends and family and the celebration of PEI’s twinning with County Monaghan..              223

Loyola Hearn                  

Appointed Ambassador 2015                                    

Canadian Ambassadors to Ireland