Our Patrons

Judith Irving

Judith Irving was born in Saint John, New Brunswick and currently resides in Rothesay, NB with her four children. She grew up in a business and philanthropic environment as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Irving and granddaughter of industrialist K.C. Irving. She attended Stony Brook School of Long Island, New York, and later Acadia University and Holland College, where she graduated with a degree in photography. Following in the family tradition, she worked within the J.D. Irving Group of companies. For more than 10 years she operated her own photography studio. Her great passion for creative communications resulted in her acquisition of Hawk Communications Inc., an advertising and marketing agency located in Moncton, NB, from 2001 – 2007.

In April 2009, Ms. Irving visited Kigali, Rwanda with a team from OneXOne, a non-profit humanitarian foundation, and after observing first-hand some of the group’s charitable efforts, accepted an invitation to join its Board of directors. Since that time, she has worked with various OneXOne projects including five trips to Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake in which she assisted with the delivery and distribution of relief supplies. Judith Irving helped organize the acquisition and transport of more than $8 million worth of medical supplies for various humanitarian causes. Ms. Irving assisted OneXOne in organizing “Saint John for Haiti,” which raised more than $70,000 for earthquake relief, and brought together three Saint John-area high schools in a joint fundraising campaign that raised $10,000 for the stricken Caribbean island.

She is also a Board member of the TELUS Atlantic Canada Community Group, serves on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, and regularly contributes her time and skills to the Partners Assisting Local Schools (PALS) program in Saint John, NB. Each month Judith Irving provides funding for food for an orphanage in Kenya. She has volunteered in many capacities and donated her professional photographic services to a range of other charitable causes, including the Netherwood Chapel Kids Club and Caton’s Island Summer Camp for children. Ms. Irving served as fundraising chair for the Atlantic Maple Leaf Tribute dinner in 2011, organized fundraising for the Salvation Army Dinner and served as honorary chair of fundraising for the Rocmaura Nursing Home in Saint John. In 2010 the Canadian Red Cross awarded Judith Irving the Humanitarian Award for her selfless work with OneXOne in Haiti and Rwanda, as well as her committed involvement with many local charities. In recent years Ms. Irving has enjoyed close ties with The Royal Canadian Regiment.

As of 05 June 2012, Judith Irving was officially appointed Patron of the Regiment.

Judith Irving

Michael James Holmes

Mike Holmes is the creator and host of the television show, “Holmes on Homes,” the number one rated programme on HGTV Canada since 2004. “Holmes on Homes” enjoyed seven exceptionally successful seasons, during which Mr. Holmes gained a solid reputation for outstanding professionalism, superlative trade knowledge and impeccable integrity. He has long since been recognized as the most trusted contractor in Canada. Following 2007 there have been subsequent television series featuring Mike Holmes, including, “Holmes Inspection.” Premiering on television in 2009, “Holmes in New Orleans,” highlighted the home improvement contractor’s initiatives in new home construction and ecologically friendly building techniques. Mike Holmes has also appeared as an expert judge on the HGTV programme, “Handyman Superstar Challenge,” and on the U.S. series, “All American Handyman,” with Scott McGillivray.

Mike Holmes was born on 03 August 1963. From the age of six he was schooled in construction work by his father. Most impressively, by the age of 19 Mike Holmes had established his first contracting company with 13 employees. By the age of 21 he had created a renovation company.

During a span of 20 years as a contractor he ran two different companies.

In 2006 Mr. Holmes founded The Holmes Foundation in a conscious effort to bring young Canadians into the building trades and to provide aid for those who had been financially ruined by faulty renovations. Not surprisingly, in 2006 he was lauded in the House of Commons for his efforts to advance skilled trades and enhance building standards.

Mr. Holmes was described as an “extraordinary craftsperson” and “an accomplished master builder with a social conscience”.

He is the national spokesperson for Skills/Competences Canada and for WorldSkills Calgary 2009.

Mike Holmes is the father of three children, Amanda, Sherry and Mike Jr.

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Michael James Holmes
Patron of The Royal Canadian Regiment