The Past Masters
W. Bro. Randy Gaw (2018 - 2019)
Randolph (Randy) Alan Gaw was born March 9, 1950 in Ottawa, Ontario to Donald and Aileen Gaw (nee Reddick). He attended Laurentian High School and excelled in the Fire Protection program at Algonquin College before joining the Office of The Dominion Fire Commissioner in Ottawa in 1976. He transferred to Edmonton with the Office in 1979 and became District Fire Commissioner for the Office in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1981. It was in Lodge Progress #92, Saskatoon, where he joined our gentle Craft, being Initiated on February 21, 1985; Passed on April 18, 1985 and Raised on May 18, 1985.
In 1986 Randy joined the Correctional Service of Canada and returned to Ottawa to manage its Fire Safety Program until he retired in 2013. He affiliated with Ionic Lodge #526 on March 11, 1987. Randy is also a 32° Member of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry having joined in Saskatoon and affiliated in Ottawa.
Randy comes from a family with lengthy Masonic roots, most recently with his father Donald Gaw who was initiated into Ionic Lodge in 1950; his grandfather James Gaw who was Master of Mt. Zion #28 (Kemptville) in 1942; and, a great-great uncle Peter Smith who was Master of Mt. Zion #28 in 1877 and 1907.
He is married to Nazira and lives in Kanata. They have two daughters, Jaime Robinson (married to Jason with son Liam and daughter Caitlin) and Shannon Ranger (married to Benoit with sons Olivier and Mattéo). Both daughters and their families live in Stittsville so there is lots of grandparenting fun close by.
His interests include fire protection, space exploration, drag racing and curling.
W. Bro. Gaw is passionate about continuing and strengthening our Ionic Lodge Commitments as a working Lodge. It is with humble appreciation and gratitude to the Brethren of Ionic Lodge, that he looks forward to a very busy and rewarding year on his Masonic journey.
W. Bro. Michael Reiach (2017-2018)
Michael, affectionately known as "Mikey", was born in Nassau, Bahamas, where he was Initiated into Royal Victoria Lodge No. 443 (EC) in 2007 at the age of 18 under the Universities Scheme with one of his childhood friends. After moving to Ottawa in order to attend Carleton University, he affiliated with Civil Service Lodge No. 148, and later Ionic Lodge No. 526.
Masonry has been a part of Mikey's family on both sides extending as far back as his paternal great-grandfather who was an operative Freemason in Scotland.
His grandfather, William "Bill," served as DDGM of the Toronto East District (1984-85) and his father is a PAGDC under the United Grand Lodge of England. At his Initiation, three generations of Masons were represented in Lodge with his father as Senior Warden and grandfather as Junior Warden.
He has continued his Masonic journey in the Royal Arch Chapter under the Supreme Grand Chapter of England and is an 18° Prince of Rose Croix under the Supreme Council of England. He has served as a District Committee Chairman for Ottawa District 2 for several years and is a member of the Executive Team for the Ottawa Masonic Association.
As Worshipful Master, Mikey hopes to maintain the goals for Ionic Lodge set forth by his predecessor and mentor RW Bro Charles Singh, exceptional ritual, and excellent Festive Boards to fortify the principles of Ancient Freemasonry: moral instruction and social intercourse. Let us continue to endeavour to be happy ourselves, and communicate that happiness to others.
R. W. Bro. Charles Singh (2016-2017)
R.W. Bro. Charles G. Singh (Ionic #526) has served on the Board of General Purposes of Grand Lodge, Chairing Masonic Education with his mentor R.W. Bro John Forster in 2012-13. He has also served on the Publications and Public Relations & Leadership development Committees. He represented Ottawa District 2 as the District Deputy Grand Master (DDGM ) for 2013-14, emphasizing the unique philosophy and proud legacy of our gentle Craft.
His Masonic roots dates to his DeMolay youth tenure, serving national offices, at International Leadership Conferences, Chapter Advisory roles, and was a recipient of the Order’s Legion of Honor in 2014. A Mason for 29 years, he is an active District officer and past president of the Ottawa Masonic Association. He enjoys working with new Masons and brethren at various stages of their journey, enjoying all that Freemasonry offers. He is a past-principal, Royal Arch Masons.
A Broadcaster, he has worked in Educational Television/Distance Learning for over two decades at Carleton University as staff-producer, editor and technical director. Adapting to technological changes in teaching and learning has enabled him to appreciate and exploit the innovative and traditional approaches which enhances students and instructors experiences on campus and beyond.
An active member and long-serving Elder at his family Church; a past Board member and Coach at a local soccer Club, he’s known for his organizational skills and encouraging others involvement. He has produced and hosted Community Television programs on local politics, regional issues, and special events in the nation’s capital. Married to Geeta for 28 years, they have two children.
His goal for Ionic has always been to exemplify Masonic philosophy at it’s finest, with excellent Festive Boards and Social events; exemplary performance of or ceremonies and rituals , and building and sustaining relationships beyond the Lodge room.
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