Lieutenant Murray Erola
Originating from Northern Ontario from parents who worked in the natural resource industry, Lt. Murray Erola was exposed to the wonder of Canada’s Boreal Forest where he developed his fondness for the outdoors. Murray navigated west to Winnipeg for his high school years at Gordon Bell High School. Murray was honoured with the Citizenship Award and high school letters for sports on graduation. Murray carried this passion to Laurentian University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Geography. Murray’s education continued when he enlisted as an officer with the Canadian Armed Forces. He graduated from the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack, BC, was posted to the Infantry School in Gagetown, NB, and became a platoon commander of a rifle company for the 2nd Battalion of the Irish Regiment of Canada (FIOR GO BAS – faithful until death). He transferred from the militia to the Royal Canadian Army Cadets where he conducted cadet training for 32 years. Through a personal connection in the military, Murray learned of Robert Land Academy. He began as the first Company Sergeants Major of Alpha Company when the Academy reorganized from individual houses to the company system. In his second year at the Academy, Murray was reassigned as a teacher. 32 years later, he continues to enjoy making connections with his students. Outside of the Academy, Murray has been married to Linda for 39 years. Together they have four children, Ryan, Melissa, Mathew and Nicolas. His favourite pastime is sitting in the back yard with his wife in front of an open fire, and hosting his two granddaughters for “Gramp Camp” wherein Murray get to foster his love of the outdoors.