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    John Vass, Colonel, Commander 4 CDSG

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    ack Durnford, Chief Warrant Officer, Formation Sergeant Major

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Fall 4 CDSG Command Team Update


Posted on Thursday September 17, 2020

Dear Families and Members of the Defence Team,

With fall fast upon us and the school year starting, we thought it was a good time for an information update. Since our last communication we are happy to report that we have had the opportunity to visit some of our team across the 4th Canadian Division Support Group.

In early August we had the pleasure of meeting the Detachment Toronto Team at Denison Armouries. Thanks for the educational tour Major (Maj) Robert Ryan and team, we truly enjoyed the visit. We were able to tour the Toronto Military Family Resource Centre to see how they have been successful with their Business Resumption Plans. Great job Carolyn Clark, to you and all your team.

Following our Toronto visit we made our way to Hamilton for an insightful tour of John Foote Armoury and the Winona Rifle Range. A shout out to Warrant Officer Graham Fisher for a fantastic tour. Next it was off to London where we were treated to a tour of the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum. What an incredible museum and Regiment, thank you Georgiana Stanciu for the great visit. While in London we finished our Southern Ontario tour with an informative guided tour by the Commanding Officer 4th Canadian Division Support Base (4 CDSB) Operations Services (Ops Svcs), Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Durant, 4 CDSB Ops Svcs Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Eric Green and Maj Brett Griffiths, Garrison Coordinator, 4 CDSG Garrison London.

Back to School
Well with the fall also comes back to school and as most school boards have now published their back to school plans for the upcoming year, we recognize that many of you have had to make some tough decisions about whether or not to send your children back to school during these uncertain times. To all in the Chain of Command, let’s consider our actions and decisions carefully and ensure that we do not become an additional stressor to our people. To all members of the Defence Team, I ask that you be patient and understanding. Whether we have children or not, we are in this together and we need to be mindful of the needs of the members of our team.

Day Care
Our Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC) continues to work with the Ministry of Health, local Health Agencies and the School Boards on the reopening of the “Before and After School” (BAS) programs. They currently have programs at Our Lady of Sorrows, St Francis of Assisi School and Valour.

Daycare staff returned to the BAS program in the schools on September 8th, and will complete the mandated training and reorganize their rooms to meet the appropriate health protocols. Unfortunately though, the BAS program was not be available to the children until Monday, September 14th. Additionally, the PMFRC is working hard to find suitable options to enable the reopening of the casual childcare programs and the Kiddie Kollege preschool program.

Returning to work in a safe manner
Within our establishments across Ontario, in order to minimize community transmission of the virus and to maintain positive control over our facilities, we have instituted access control mechanisms in the form of COVID-19 screening and logging for both our Defence Team members and visitors to our sites.

Restricted access is enforced and without a valid reason you will not be permitted entry on our sites. While the access control location may differ from region to region, the process remains consistent. Before entering a Department of National Defence establishment you should expect to be asked if you have completed the COVID screening online questionnaire, and if not, be ready to answer the same questions before being authorized to enter. Additionally, you will be expected to produce ID and your name will be logged which will enable proper contact tracing if an infection is detected on any of our sites.

The National Defence Workplace Charitable Campaign (NDWCC) kicked off September 1st. Every year, employees of the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) demonstrate their appreciation for the people in their communities through support to the annual NDWCC. Locally, the Renfrew County United Way (RCUW) raises approximately $400,000 annually for its various member agencies within the county, and of this, the NDWCC has made significant annual contributions to organizations like the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre (PMFRC).

Garrison (Grn) Petawawa will be participating in this year’s campaign and our goal is to raise $50,000. The support from our members is much appreciated and it has an overwhelmingly positive impact on the community writ large.

There will be many opportunities to donate, including E-Pledge forms and new this year, FlipGive. FlipGive allows retail partners to provide cashback donations as members purchase from online sites of many major brands. This option will enable our members to make meaningful contributions to the Campaign through routine or regularly planned purchases with no impact to family financial goals. Units are highly encouraged to be creative and hold fundraising activities and events so I would ask that you please look to your unit rep for more information as the NDWCC develops this fall.

Personnel Support Programs (PSP) Petawawa provides numerous venues and programs in support of our members and their families.

I also invite you to visit the Facebook groups PSP Petawawa and PSP Petawawa Community Recreation Fitness, as well as www.CAFconnection.ca/Petawawa, for the most up-to-date information about the programs, services and facilities available to members and our community.

In closing we would like to again say thank you for your continued effort in accepting this new normal. We have been in this together since the beginning and we will continue to fight this together as one team.
Stay healthy and stay safe!

John Vass
Commander 4 CDSG

Jack Durnford
Chief Warrant Officer
Formation Sergeant Major