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Favourite Photo August 6, 2021

August 9, 2021 marks national Peacekeeper’s Day in Canada. The day was created to remember our Canadian Armed Forces personnel who are or have been deployed on Peacekeeping missions and those who have lost their lives.

We found this throwback photo to mark the occasion. Unfortunately, we do not know when it was shot or who took the picture. However, it features troops from 4 Engineer Support Regiment deployed to Eritrea handing out Izzy Dolls to children.

Izzy Dolls were created by 1 Combat Engineer Regiment soldier Cpl. Mark Isfeld’s mom, Carol Isfeld.


She handcrafted the dolls and sent them to her son to give to children when he was deployed to Croatia in 1994. Unfortunately, in a tragic event, Cpl. Isfeld lost his life in a land mine explosion while serving on the mission. Mrs. Isfeld passed away in 2007.

Today, Izzy Dolls are still created and distributed by Canadian Armed Force personnel and through other organizations. Over 1.5 million dolls have been distributed.

THANK YOU to all our military personnel and veterans that have served on Peacekeeping Missions.

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Cyndi Mills - Owner | Publisher CMF Magazine

Admittedly the Queen of Typos, Cyndi Mills strives for none, but one or two always seems to slip in. She apologizes! Over the last 29 years Cyndi has had the opportunity to move around the country with her husband, Scott and their four children. Having lived in Chilliwack, Edmonton, London, and Petawawa. She stumbled into the world of journalism by accident – looking for a career that could give her the flexibility to work from home to be with her children and support her husband's military career. Cyndi is also a military parent as her two oldest children are in the military. Raising her third and fourth teenagers, she tries to keep sane by walking, gardening, writing, and spending time with her family while running Canadian Military Family Magazine.

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