Captain Donna Jean Pardoe
Captain Pardoe was born in Chatham, Ontario. She completed her Elementary, Secondary, and Post-Secondary education all here in Chatham.
She graduated from St. Clair college as a Developmental Service Worker in November of 1982. She was employed at Southwest Regional Centre for 25 years working with the physically and mentally challenged. She is now retired as of December, 2008.
Captain Pardoe is presently a member of the Kent Regiment Chapter of IODE in Chatham.
Captain Pardoe joined 59 RCACC in September of 1973 at the age of 13. She was the 3rd femail cadet to join. She retired 6 years later as a Cadet/Captain in June 1979.
She then joined the staff of 59 in September of 1979 as a Civilian Instructor working solely with the new recruits.
Starting in 1982, over the next few years Captain Pardoe completed her Basic Officer’s Qualification Course, Lieutenant Qualification Course, and the Captain’s Qualification Course by August 1986.
In March of 1994 she qualified for the Canadian Forces Decoration Medal for having 12 continuous years of Military Service.
Captain Pardoe has held all of the positions within the Corps before taking over the Command Position in June of 1996. She retired her command in June of 1999.
She returned as a Volunteer in September 2001. Captain Pardoe re-applied to become a CIC officer in January 2005 and was parading back in uniform as an Officer by October 2005.
She again held all positions within 59 before taking over Command a Second time in June 2008. She has held this position again for 3 years, with a 1 year extention completing with a 4 year term.
In November 2010, Captain Pardoe received 1 CD Bar for serving 22 years of Military Service.
Captain Pardoe resides in Chatham and is happily married to her husband Graham, who is also a Civilian Instructor and with 59.