Gagetown Visit

March 3, 2011

The Chairperson, Bruno Hamel, answers questions during an information session

The Chairperson, Bruno Hamel, answers questions during an information session.

On March 2 and 3, 2011, a delegation from the Canadian Forces Grievance Board (CFGB), headed by the Board's Chairperson, Bruno Hamel, visited the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown.

During the visit, the Board's delegation met with senior leadership, staff officers and personnel, and held information sessions about the Board's role in the resolution of military grievances. Round table type discussions provided an opportunity to directly exchange information about issues and concerns related to complaint resolution, as well as trends and lessons learned by the Board through its work.

The delegation toured selected facilities. The Chairperson, each time accompanied by one Board member, met with the Commander 3 Area Support Group, Colonel Michael Pearson, MSC, CD, and with the Commandants of five schools: Tactics School, Infantry School, Artillery School, Armoured School, and CF School of Military Engineers.

At the Armoured School, the members of the Board's delegation took the opportunity to closely examine a Leopard 2A4 CAN tank, similar to the ones currently used by the CF in Afghanistan. As the Board wrapped up its visit, with a tour of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, some members of the delegation also had the opportunity to participate in a small arms simulation firing exercise at the Battalion's indoor shooting range.

In addition to the Chairperson, the Board's delegation included full-time Vice-Chairperson Jim Price, Board members Denis Brazeau, Michael Auger, Carina De Pellegrin and Frederick Blair, grievance officers Donna Doyle, Nadine Jelowicki, Tamarah Nutik and Shantie Lithopoulos, legal counsel Lucie Levesque, as well as the Board's communications manager Najwa Asmar.

Through our discussions and meetings with CFB Gagetown personnel, we learned a lot about the current issues, concerns and areas of dissatisfaction relating to military complaint resolution, said Mr. Hamel. This is particularly important for the Board given CFB Gagetown's crucial contribution to the Army's training and operations, he added.

The CFGB visits CF bases and facilities on a regular basis as part of its effort to stay attuned to the conditions and challenges in the CF. Base visits also allow the Board to explain its role as an administrative tribunal representing the external and independent component of the CF grievance system.

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