Montreal/St-Jean Visit

An outdoor briefing during the Board's visit to the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School.

An outdoor briefing during the Board's visit to the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School

In March 2010, a delegation from the Canadian Forces Grievance Board visited various CF units and facilities in the Montreal and St-Jean regions.

Headed by the Board's chairperson, Mr. Bruno Hamel, the delegation included the Board's vice chairpersons, Jim Price and Denis Brazeau; Board members, Michael Auger, Fred Blair, and Carina Anne De Pellegrin, as well as grievance officers and the Director of Operations and General Counsel, Caroline Maynard.

On March 16th, the delegates met with personnel of the Land Force Quebec Area Headquarters in Montreal and visited the Forward Operating Base at the Farnham garrison. The day also included a visit to the 34th Canadian Brigade Group and the 202 Workshop Depot, a large unit that performs repairs and modifications to Canadian military equipment used mainly by the Army. The day ended with a visit to the 51e Bataillon des services du Canada, an Army Reserve unit that provides logistics services for combat units of the 34th Canadian Brigade Group. This visit happened while the battalion was getting ready to deploy for the week-end in support of operations.

On March 17th, the Board's delegation visited the CF Leadership and Recruit School at the St Jean Garrison where they had the opportunity to meet the staff as well as new recruits in training and to tour the school's facilities.

The delegation then rounded out its visit on March 18th with tours of the Royal Military College in St-Jean and the 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in Saint Hubert, a Reserve Squadron whose function is to augment Regular Force units for international commitments and domestic operations.

"The Board members, senior managers, grievance officers and I were particularly pleased during this visit to have the opportunity to see reserve units in action, to speak with reservists about the CF grievance process and to hear about their particular concerns and issues with regard to military service," said Mr. Hamel.

During the three day visit, the Board's delegation met with senior leadership, staff officers and personnel, made several presentations about the Board's role and contribution to the CF grievance system and answered questions about the grievance process.

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