The meeting on April 14 is open to all members of the community and features a remarkable St. Thomas native, LCdr Nadia Shields.

“LCdr Nadia Shields was born and raised in St. Thomas, Ontario. In 2002, she enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces and attended the Royal Military College in Kingston, graduating with a degree in Honours Business Administration.

After a career in Management Consulting she  joined HMCS Iroquois in Halifax,, eventually deploying in 2008 as a Bridge Watchkeeper. Enjoying her time on the Bridge, she became a Navigating Officer and joined HMCS Charlottetown in 2009 and was deployed to an operation in Libya.

After a brief pause in Ottawa, and Flag Lieutenant to Commander Royal Canadian Navy, LCdr Shields rejoined the fleet as an Operations Officer in 2013, After operations on two different ships she returned with her husband, Cdr Ben Seaby in 2015, working within Director Naval Requirements.

In September 2020, she moved West and took Command of HMCS Saskatoon, deploying as part of Operation CARIBBE in 2021 and 2022. Upon return from deployment, LCdr Shields will be Officer-in-Charge of Patrol Vessel Sea Training with the goal of preparing other Commanding Officers and ships as they continue to support Canada at home and abroad.

She and her husband  haver three children: aged  5, 4 and 2. The family  enjoys exploring and travelling in their trailer while  discovering new and amazing sights.