Black History Month is a time to honour Black Canadians, both past and present. It is also a time to reflect and learn more about their distinguished service. The Royal Montreal Regiment (RMR), by its nature as a ‘city regiment’, reflects the communities that it draws recruits from. In honour of Black History Month, the RMR Foundation is publishing profiles of service of some of the Black Canadians who have served (and continue to serve) in our ranks.
Westmount, Quebec – 10 February 2021: Warrant Officer Cyril JORDAN, CD joined the RMR in 1987 and retired in 2012 as the Company Sergeant-Major of “B” Company, the RMR’s operational rifle company. Aside from his Infantry trade and leadership training, WO Jordan has military qualifications in Reconnaissance Patrolman, Small Arms, Machine Gunner, Rappel Master and Bison AFV Driver.
His extra Regimental service includes a 1990 United Nations UNICYP tour in Cyprus attached to 2nd Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) and a 1992 United Nations UNPROFOR tour in Ex Yugoslavia attached to 2nd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (RCR).
He was also part of a number of RMR Contingents that trained with our sister regiment PWOR (now the Yorkshire Regiment) in York, England and Scotland.
He is the recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) and Bar, Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal (CPSM), UN Cyprus (UNFICYP) Medal, UN Protection Force (UNPROFOR) Medal Yugoslavia. His advice to young soldiers in the Regiment is “Do not think its a video game, do not think you are entitled, and remember that it’s not about what the regiment can give to you, but what you can bring to it. Never give up, when you get knocked down stand back up and stay in the fight.”
Raised in La Prairie and currently residing in St Constant, Qc, WO Jordan is currently the Manager of Customer Support at InVeris Training Solutions Canada which provides world wide live-fire and virtual training systems for defense forces, law enforcement agencies and commercial shooting range owners. Since releasing from the regiment in 2012, Comrade Cyril Jordan became a member of the RMR Association (Branch 14) of the Royal Canadian Legion and remains actively involved in the regimental family.