Maj Alex Bolin Memorial Fund

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Major Alexander Charles Bolin, CD

Major Alexander Charles Bolin, CD, was born on March 15, 1946 in Fort St. John, British Columbia to Ray and Mary (nee Grey) Bolin.  He attended elementary schools at Montney, Notre Dame (boarding school in Dawson Creek), Charlie Lake, Grandhaven and Central in Fort St. John, followed by North Peace High School commencing in grade seven.

Maj Bolin was a member of the Junior Forest Wardens and joined the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (became the New Democratic Party) at age 14.  Maj Bolin was a member of 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) Fort St. John from 1961 to 1963, attending summer camp at Vernon and achieving the rank of Corporal.  He left school in grade nine (1963) and joined the Canadian Army, training as a medic at Canadian Forces Base Borden in Ontario and serving with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps at Valcartier, Quebec.

Maj Bolin left the Army in 1966 to finish high school.  He worked as an orderly in Fort St. John Hospital for a year and then attended Grande Prairie College to complete his high school education.  He then attended Vancouver City College taking a university entrance program and first year university.  Transferring to Simon Fraser University, he completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in history and political science and subsequently completed the Professional Development Program to become a teacher.  Throughout his schooling, he worked as an orderly at Grande Prairie and then Vancouver General Hospitals to pay for his education.  Maj Bolin also completed by distance education, a Bachelor of Law from Blackstone School of Law in Chicago.

In January 1976, he was hired by School District 60 and began his career by teaching English and Social Studies at Bert Bowes Junior High.  The same year, he enroled in the Canadian Forces Reserve as a Cadet Instructors List Officer with 2276 RCACC.  He also served a term as President of the North Peace Historical Society.  Maj Bolin served 14 years as an officer with the cadet program, including seven years as Commanding Officer of 2276 RCACC and eight summers as staff at Vernon and Banff Army Cadet camps.  He attained the rank of Major and was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration for his military service. 

As an educator, Maj Bolin subsequently served as Principal at Buick Creek and Upper Pine Schools.  He complete a Masters of Science in Education from the University of Oregon at Eugene through combined weekend study at Northern Lights College and two summers at Eugene.  He was one of the Vice-Principals at North Peace Secondary for the final eight years of his career, retiring in July 2006.

Maj Bolin enjoyed music, politics, reading, and was always up-to-date on current affairs.  He was a stalwart supporter of the New Democratic Party.  In 2009, the Cadet Instructor Cadre Branch awarded Maj Bolin the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Amongst his life's accomplishments, he remained most proud of "keeping kids in school."  

Maj Bolin is predeceased by his parents, Ray and Mary, and his brothers, Steve, Colin and Gordon.  He is survived by his brother, George (Linda) Bolin of Cecil Lake BC; his sister, Cathy Rempel of Brandon MB; his brother, Ted (Barb) Bolin of High River AB; and extended family.  He will be missed by his family, many friends, colleagues, former students and cadets.

Maj Bolin donated his personal Ceremonial Sword to the Commanding Officer of 2276 RCACC to be used by them and their successors.  He also donated money to 2276 RCACC to establish an annual scholarship for the cadets of 2276 RCACC to encourage continued education.



The Army Cadet League of Canada (British Columbia) has the honour of administering the Major Alexander Charles Bolin Memorial Fund and provide potential candidates from the 2276 Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps with assistance in funding post secondary, certificate or diploma education through a bursary provided by an endowment from the estate of the late Major Bolin.


Each year, Cadets from 2276 PPCLI RCACC, who are planning to attend or are attending a post secondary accredited educational institution may apply for this bursary and are subject to all requirements of the Major Alexander Charles Bolin Memorial Fund selection criteria.


Applicant Eligibility


Applicant Requirements


It is important that the applicant meet the eligibility requirements and that all aspect of the application requirements are met.  Failing to do so will render the application not acceptable and a bursary will not be granted.  For those applicants who are successful will be notified prior to the end of the Cadet Training Year.  To receive this bursary, a successful candidate must be enrolled in an educational program not later than April 30th of the following year of the bursary being awarded.