with Gord Hunter
Insights from Gord's experience in the Canadian Navy during the Cold War Era, followed by an illustrious career in broadcasting and labour relations.
Born in Grand-Mère, Quebec, Gord Hunter has, over the years, lived in six different provinces. For the last twenty years he has lived in Regina.
Gord joined the Royal Canadian Navy at 17, a few months before the Cuban Crisis, at the height of the Cold War. He was a sonarman and a seaman and spent most of his eight years serving on warships of one kind and another.
After his service in the Navy, he moved to Alberta where he took Communications Arts at Mount Royal College in Calgary. During his first year in College he was hired as a part time operator/announcer at CHFM Radio in Calgary and the next year he won a National award for hosting and producing a radio program which was cited for making the largest contribution to the awareness of the French fact in Canada.
His years in broadcasting took him to several cities and stations across Canada. While at the CBC in Calgary, he got involved in NABET, a broadcast trade union, and eventually left broadcasting to negotiate radio and television collective agreements across Western Canada.
After serving as the National President of NABET for 8 years, he bid on a job with the union that brought him to Regina. Before retiring in 2008 he also served as a member of the Saskatchewan Labour Market Council.
After retirement and looking for a creative outlet he produced several blogs on a variety of subjects including one which looked at the time he spent in the Navy. That blog eventually turned into a book and in 2018 he published his memoir, No-Badge Killick – Life at Sea in Canada’s Cold War Navy.
About No-Badge Killick:
Gord Hunter's No-Badge Killick offers an honest and engaging first-hand look at life in the Royal Canadian Navy during the turmoil of the Cold War, from the Cuban Missile Crisis until the Western World's frosty relationship with the Soviet Union began to thaw.
From monitoring Soviet spy ships and sailing in multi-nation NATO Squadrons, to living through the upgrading of Canada's rusting World War II fleet and the tensions surrounding the integration of Canada's Armed Forces, Gord Hunter's refreshing memoir captures the excitement and tedium of the day-to-day life of a regular seaman, whether in Halifax, the Tropics or the North Atlantic.
In No-Badge Killick, he explores a young sailor's memories of the fun, frustrations, challenges, and camaraderie of living and working in the lower decks, the life-lessons learned, and the beauty of the ocean world of flying fish, phosphorescence, porpoises, whales, and sharks.
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[ nobadgekillick.blogspot.com/ ]