Sunday, November 11, 2017

Remembrance Day Hero WOD  in honour of Captain Juli-Ann Dawn Mackenzie

CrossFit Edmonton’s Hero,

“Jules”

5 Rope Climbs
30 Box Jumps
5 Tire Flips
30 Pistol Squat
5 MU’s
30 Burpees – chest to ground, to target
5 MU’s
30 Cal Bike or Row
5 Tire Flips
30 KB Swings 35lbs
5 Rope Climbs
30 Walking Lunges – 15 forward, 15 reverse

Class is at 7:30AM
Please sign up online so we can plan set up.


Capt MacKenzie was tragically killed along with Capt Colin Sonoski, when their CH-146 Griffon helicopter crashed during a search and rescue mission near Goose Bay, NL. They were returning from a tasking in the vicinity of Davis Inlet, Labrador, endeavouring to locate an overdue fishing vessel.

Jules touched the lives of countless people around the world, and was distinguished by her zest for life, boundless energy,sense of adventure, and the unerring support she devoted to family and friends. Born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, she grew up very involved in her community, through sports, guiding, and the local pipe and drum band.

A very capable piper, her wee body never failed to bellow out a surprising amount of noise to the expectant crowds, often gathered at the Legion. As a self-possessed and intelligent young woman, she joined the Canadian Air Force in 1991, attending basic training in Chilliwack, British Columbia before moving on to Royal Roads Military College in Victoria. At the college, Jules became involved in the pipes and drums once again, through which she met her best friend and love of her life. Upon graduation in 1995, Jules was married to Robert McMullen, and thereafter they made their home in Victoria.

She conducted her flight training in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, graduating with her wings in April of 1997. She was then posted to 443 Squadron at Patricia Bay, near Victoria, where she would fly Sea King helicopters for Canada’s Pacific Fleet upon completion of her training. Jules quickly excelled at her job, earning the confidence of subordinates, peers, and superiors alike as she gracefully coerced her ungainly aircraft off of and onto the heaving deck of a warship at sea. She served in theatres of operation all over the West Coast of North America, the Greater Pacific, South-East Asia, and the Arabian Gulf, earning both her Aircraft Captain and Crew Commander qualifications.

In March of 2002, she was posted to Gagetown, New Brunswick, where she commenced training on a new airframe, the Griffon. She was posted to Goose Bay, Labrador in June and began flying for 444 Squadron, tasked with tactical support and search and rescue duties. Robert was to join her there in October. All of her family and friends take comfort in knowing that she died in the service of her country, doing a job she loved.

Jules is survived by her loving husband Robert, mother Candys (partner Charlie), father Richard (wife Sandra), brother Jeff, sister Janna, grandfather Ron (wife Theresa), and grandmothers Hazel and Norma.