Colonel Telah Morrison has assumed the position of Director, Military Family Services at Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services (CFMWS). She replaces Colonel Dan Harris who recently retired.
New Director, Military Family Services
Col Morrison is no stranger to Military Family Services, having served on the Gagetown Military Family Resource Centre Board of Directors while posted in Gagetown, as well as having served on the National Military Family Council from 2013-2015. While she and her family have benefited from many CFMWS services, she has also been at the table frequently over the years to provide input and guidance to the strategic alignment of services. She comes to CFMWS at a critical time in the evolution of the Military Family Services Program and the renewed governance model of Military Family Resource Centres. Her unique career path, along with in-depth knowledge of the Military Family Services Program and the realities of a dual-service couple will prove invaluable to CFMWS.
Colonel Telah Morrison joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1986, after 6 years as an army cadet. She graduated from the Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC), with a degree in Social Science and a Minor in Military Psychology.
Throughout her career, she has served in the Canadian Army in 4 distinct brigades (5th, 33rd, 34th, 35th), one support group (3rd) as well as the headquarters of 2 divisions (1st and 4th). The highlights include being the first woman to teach at the infantry school, first woman in 3 R22eR as the Quartermaster and commandant of the largest reserve unit while she was also the G8 and Chief of staff of 5 GBMC. Some of her joint positions include serving in the Joint Support Group, Defence Research, the Canadian Embassy in Washington, Casualty Management, Transition Services and Policy as well as staff on the Joint Command and Staff Programme for over 8 years.
She has deployed on several overseas missions including, Croatia, Haiti, Afghanistan and Op Lion (Evacuation of Lebanon).
In her career, she has served both in the Regular and Reserve Force. During her reserve time, she graduated from Teachers College and became a high school teacher, and then worked in the private sector. Colonel Morrison is a graduate of the Canadian Land Forces Command and Staff College in Kingston and the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. In addition to her two Bachelor’s degrees, she has two Master’s degrees, one in War Studies and one in Defence Studies. In 2011, she was appointed as an officer of the Order of Military Merit.
Married to a military spouse, they have four boys, three of them in the Canadian Armed Forces, and one who is an air cadet.