On June 13, an enhanced coffee break was held in honour of National Public Service Week. From left are Master Corporal Annie Daigle, 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Bill Richards, Muggsie Boland, 4 CDSG Commander Colonel Mark Misener, Ivan Young, 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Personnel Services Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Steve Nolan, Andrew McBride and OPI Master Warrant Officer Kellie Smith. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


Garrison marks National Public Service Week

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2017


Garrison Petawawa wouldn’t run nearly as smoothly without the work of about 900 civilian employees.

These public servants operate in different positions and capacities across the Garrison, and their work is essential. To thank them for their tireless efforts, an enhanced coffee break was held on June 13 during National Public Service Week. The event allowed them some time to mingle with their military and civilian coworkers in a relaxed atmosphere.

“This is an opportunity for those of us in the Garrison to recognize, to acknowledge and to think about the hard work and contributions of the public service,” said 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Personnel Services (4 CDSB Pers Svs) Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Steve Nolan.

It is important for these civilians to be acknowledged, confirmed Organizer Chief Warrant Officer Kellie Smith. They perform important tasks and roles across the Garrison, and are employed in most facets of the organization.

Petawawa is home to about 600 National Defence employees, 300 Non-Public Fund employees as well as other civilian workers. Like their counterparts in uniform, they have the same federal mandate.

“Uniformed, non-uniformed, all working to serve the Garrison, all working together to serve the same goal,” said LCol Nolan.

National Public Service Week ran from June 11 to 17. It was created in 1992 to recognize the value of public service employees and acknowledge their contributions to the nation.

“It is very well deserved and we should probably do it more often, where we thank our public servants who keep the continuity on this Garrison moving and make sure when we have to go on operations, the support is there,” said 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel Mark Misener.