What's New: MGERC Visits CFB Goose Bay and Gander

September 23, 2013

Town hall meeting at CFB Goose Bay

MGERC Chairperson, Bruno Hamel, speaks during the town hall meeting at CFB Goose Bay.

On September 23-26, 2013, a delegation from the Military Grievances External Review Committee (MGERC) headed by the Committee's Chairperson, Bruno Hamel, visited Canadian Armed Forces Bases (CFB) Goose Bay and Gander.

During the visit, the group met with senior leadership and various stakeholders involved in the grievance process. The Committee held town hall meetings which provided an opportunity to explain the independent role the MGERC plays in the military grievance process. The exchanges also allowed the Committee to better understand the challenges, work conditions, and particular areas of concern for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members working in Newfoundland and Labrador.

We appreciate the opportunity to visit vibrant air bases such as CFB Goose Bay that play a key role in the North American air defence, and in protecting the sovereignty of Canada. During our visit to CFB Gander, we had the opportunity to closely examine an AgustaWestland CH-149 Cormorant, a helicopter used by the crews of the 103rd Search and Rescue Squadron to answer the call in one of the busiest search and rescue regions in Canada, the Chairperson said.

At both bases, our interactions with senior leadership, staff officers and personnel about issues and concerns related to the work conditions in this unique environment were very informative, he added.

In Gander, the delegation also toured the 5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group and the 91st Construction Engineering Flight.

In addition to the Chairperson, the Committee's delegation included the Vice-Chair, Jim Price, the part-time Vice-Chair Denis Brazeau, Senior Counsel, Ann Boivin, Team Leader, Michael MacPherson, Strategic Planning and Performance Manager, Yolaine Gauthier, Grievance Officer, Nadine Jelowicki, as well as Executive Assistant, Nicole Bédard.

The Committee makes periodic visits to CAF formations/units to learn about taskings and activities and to see, firsthand, CAF members in the environment in which they serve. In turn, the Committee holds briefings, both formal and informal, where all ranks are encouraged to participate in grievance related discussions.

MGERC delegation at Dome Mountain

The MGERC delegation at Dome Mountain

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