Episode 055 – CWO Brian Budden

CWO Brian Budden, CD is a Canadian Armed Forces Veteran.  He is the past president of the Toronto Branch of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Association, and he currently serves as the 1st Vice-President and Health & Welfare Chairman.

Following his first tour of Normandy and northwest Europe in 1974, CWO Budden began organizing historical tours to Normandy, Belgium and the Netherlands for First and Second World War Veterans.

He arranged for the Westlake Brothers Souvenir Association in Normandy, France, to visit and participate in commemorative activities in Toronto.

CWO Budden is also involved in a wide range of other veteran-related activities; including assisting veterans with benefit entitlements and driving them to ceremonies.  Brian helps to prepare those being interviewed by the History Channel or the Memory Project.  He regularly visits residents at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto and other long-term care facilities.

As a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, CWO Budden participated in “The Living History” at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 258, which helps to initiate new Canadian citizens, and he is active in the annual Poppy Fund drive.

CWO Budden serves as one of the Parade Marshalls at the Annual Warriors’ Day Parade at the Canadian National Exhibition.

CWO Budden is a victim of a workplace accident which resulted in the loss of a limb.  As an amputee, he has been very supportive to other amputees at the St.John Rehabilitation Hospital and, on occasion, to those injured in Afghanistan.

CWO Brian Budden served a term as the Regimental Sergeant Major of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Canadian Forces’ Decoration.

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CWO Brian Budden, CD, Former Regimental Sergeant Major of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.

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CWO Budden is presented his Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by LCol Peter St Denis, MSM, CD and CWO Mark Shannon, CD


CWO Budden chats with the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, CMM, MSC, CD

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CWO Budden recalls some good times in the snow via newspaper clippings from the time.

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Brian Budden acts as the Parade Marshall of the Warriors’ Day Parade at the Canadian National Exhibition.

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Brian meets with a former Chief of the Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier, OC, CMM, ONL, MSC, CD


Brian enjoys a trip in a historic Jeep.

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