Seeking adventure, he joined the local Royal Canadian Air Cadet squadron #763 during high school where he obtained both a glider pilot's license and a private pilots license.
After graduating from l'École Polyvalente Clément Cormier in 1992, he studied a year at le Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean followed by a year at l'Université de Moncton before spending a few more years at the University of New Brunswick where he received a Bachelors degree in Computer Science.
In 2000, he moved to New Hampshire to accept a position with the University of New Hampshire's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping working with data visualization. There, he got to travel the world as he participated in numerous research expeditions taking him to exotic locations such as Antarctica and the North Pole.
Roland got his first taste of family history research in about 2010 when he decided to see if he could find evidence online to support his father's claim that Roland's grand father Gérard and famous Acadian author Antonine Maillet are first cousins. Well, it turns out they are, and that experience got him hooked.
In 2006, Roland purchased his first motorcycle, a 2005 Kawasaki Ninja 250, in order to save on gas and have an easier time parking at work. The theory was that it would pay for itself in 2 years just in gas savings alone.
The following year, in May 2007, he decided to try a track day with Tony's Track Days where he could ride his motorcycle on New Hampshire Motor Speedway's (NHMS) road course in Loudon, New Hampshire. That's all it took to get addicted to track riding and needless to say, the bike never paid itself off.
Since that first taste of the track, Roland has acquire a 1995 Honda RS125 purpose built race bike which he competes with in the Loudon Road Racing Series and the Unites States Classic Racing Association. He picked #763, his former Royal Canadian Air Cadet squadron number, as his race number.
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On 6 Jan 2019 at 02:08 GMT Sue (Bateman) Matthews wrote:
I came across your profile this morning while researching a change that came through my morning WIKI Tree EMAIL. It appears that we are 7th cousins via Michel Bourg. Nice to meet you.
Beyond that, a person who matched me on another site made a change in her Ancestry tree today, adding an ARSENAULT ancestor, and I received that notification late in the day, and that's when the light bulb lit! Her tree had no indications at all of French Canadian surnames until then. We still have some work to do to resolve that relationship, but now we at least have a direction. Thanks for the help!
On 1 Jan 2019 at 14:14 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
We’ve made some exciting changes to the Global Cemeteries Project. The sub-projects have been merged into the Global Project to help with Leadership and to facilitate collaboration.
Some roles within the project have changed. From now on, there are Project Coordinators for each continent, and one for Welcome and Integration, plus Team Leaders for each individual Country etc.
Please let me know if you’d like to stay on in the new project, if you’d like to continue in an existing role, and which team(s) you’d like to be on. Please also give me your e-mail address so that I can get you added to the project’s Google Group.
Leader, Global Cemeteries
On 28 Nov 2018 at 19:22 GMT Jacqueline Girouard wrote:
On 31 Aug 2018 at 18:16 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
I haven’t yet heard back from you to say whether or not you’d like to continue in the Canada Project. Please can you let me know if you’d like to stay, what team(s) you’d like to be in, and let me know your e-mail address so I can add you to the project Google Group? If I haven’t heard back from you by this time next week I’ll assume you no longer want to be in the project and go ahead and remove you. You would, of course, be most welcome to re-join at any time.
On 20 Aug 2018 at 15:48 GMT Susie MacLeod wrote:
Greg Lavoie, Dave Rutherford and I have put a lot of work into restructuring the Canada Project. Have a look at the new project page.
You'll see that we've changed the project name to the Canada Project and the badge will be changed shortly. We've done this in order to provide lots of ways for people to contribute to Canadian Profiles. We've also moved towards a team approach with top level teams being lead by Project Coordinators and sub-teams being lead by Team Leaders.
Would you like to continue in the Canada Project, and if so, which team(s) would you like to be on?
Let me know if you have any questions. Once I hear back from you I'll add you to the Google group and get you set up in your team(s).
On 12 Mar 2018 at 18:40 GMT Ted (Ernst) Sarvata wrote:
On 3 Feb 2018 at 16:01 GMT M. Asselia Rundquist wrote:
On 20 Nov 2017 at 02:40 GMT Shirley Davis wrote:
The profiles are all finished with the information I had. Would you like to manage the cemetery. I have a huge cemetery project in Indiana. Nice photos. Shirley
On 11 Nov 2017 at 21:18 GMT Marcee Boyd-Winthrop wrote:
On 8 Nov 2017 at 00:30 GMT Gwen (Edwards) Fleming wrote: