The Banks Clan (Editors Note) - The intriguing part about reunions and the like is that meeting classmates you have not seen since graduation creates an almost mystical frozen-in-time moment immediately preceding that reunification. Those memories are not just of that much younger college age physical version, but also that much younger persona, complete with optimism, and sense of adventure and mischievousness and admittedly a fair amount of “what the heck did I just get myself into”!
We still vividly remember one of the military staff while on the parade square pausing and saying with genuine sincerity and encouragement “Look around you, at your recruit mates, because you are looking at the future leaders of the Canadian Forces”. That made us all smile because our slowly developing foresight did not allow us that kind of visionary peek in to the future – we just saw each other as wet-behind-the-ears teenagers a little bit bewildered by all that was going on around us, caught like deer in the headlights – worrying less about thoughts of family and careers and more about whether we would just be able to make it through the day. Likewise, we could not picture one another as fathers, made all the more inconceivable simply because back then we had no female colleagues; and no one was allowed to get married or have cars or wear anything other than the college uniforms.
Well, forty years later it turns out our classmates did become the leaders of the Canadian Forces and of universities and industry and they did become wonderful, proud and caring fathers. A case on both points – turns out our very own Gary Banks proudly raised four daughters who have amazingly all followed in his footsteps and all gone to RMC. Gary is quick to give most of the credit to his wife Chris for helping to care for and nurture all five Ex-Cadets, so much so that he took the liberty of assigning Chris her very own unique and telling Honorary College Number – H55555! BZ Gary and Chris and Margot and Lauren and Vanessa and Andrea! Their stories can be found below!