National Public Service Week, celebrated annually in June, recognizes the accomplishments of federal public service employees and promotes the values of public service. Departments and agencies organized special events throughout the week of June 12-18 to mark the occasion across Canada. 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Personnel Services Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Steve Nolan and his Regimental Sergeant Major Master Warrant Officer Pat White appreciated the opportunity to make the public civilian workers at the garrison feel special with a cake and coffee break at the All Ranks Service Club on June 13. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Jill Marchand, LCol Nolan and MWO White prepare to cut the cake. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
(Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Garrison marks National Public Service Week, June 12-18
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016
More than 900 civilians work at Garrison Petawawa in various capacities, and their crucial work was recognized during National Public Service Week.
These public staff members were invited to a cake and coffee luncheon on June 13, an “opportunity to express our appreciation for the federal public servants who work here at the garrison in the interest of Canadians with dedicated professionalism and commitment,” said 4th Canadian Division Support Base (4 CDSB) Petawawa Personnel Services Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Steve Nolan on behalf of Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Marc Gagne.
The Garrison is home to about 7,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who are supported by approximately 600 National Defence employees and about 300 Non Public Fund employees as well as a large number of other civilians.
“Public servants, as the commander notes ..., are essential to the success of the garrison and we certainly want to say thank you for your support,” said LCol Nolan.
The Garrison is a distinctly unique military base, as civilian employees tend to have a greater footprint here than anywhere else, it was noted by the Lieutenant Colonel. They have more impact and influence on the community and the Garrison as they work alongside their military counterparts.
LCol Nolan added civilians are just as much part of the team as those in uniform.
Celebrating their contributions on Monday was done without hesitation, and with pride, something Jill Marchand appreciated.
She works at S-111, performing vital tasks to help keep the garrison running smoothly. She enjoys the fact that her bosses thanked her and her coworkers for their labour.
“It’s very nice that they are taking the time to do something for us,” said Marchand.