By Colonel Richard Goodyear, Commandant CFSU(O) –
I’d like to start by taking a moment to acknowledge the National Day of Mourning, held annually in Canada on April 28, in remembrance of those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy. The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honours those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.
The Uplands Community Council AGM is coming up on 23 May and I encourage every CAF member and their families residing at Uplands to attend. Among other things, we will be voting on a new mayor for the Council. Any resident interested in submitting their application can do so by emailing the UCC.
Speaking of new leadership, the Defence Team is undergoing numerous changes of command this spring, with the first one occurring last week at Cartier Square Drill Hall. Major-General Mike Rouleau handed over command of CANSOFCOM to Major-General Peter Dawe in a poignant ceremony presided over by the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance. This Friday we will see Lieutenant-General Michael Hood handing over command of the RCAF to Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger. More change of command ceremonies will be happening later in May and June for the CF MP Group, the VCDS Group, and the Canadian Army.
At a local CFSU(O) level, we recently welcomed our new Chief of Staff, Ms. Jennifer Charron, who was previously a Senior Business Analyst with the Director General Health Services.
And lastly, the CFSU(O) Pedometer Challenge kicks off tomorrow with a team walk at Confederation Park. I invite all participants to join me in celebrating the beginning of May and taking part in the 13th edition of our fitness initiative. Good luck to all who embark on this challenge and may the best team win!
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