The Senate Motion to Celebrate and Recognize the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Corps of Commissionaires Nova Scotia Division Adopted

Speeches

Motion to Celebrate and Recognize the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Corps of Commissionaires Nova Scotia Division December 13th, 2012

Hon. Jane Cordy, pursuant to notice of December 12, 2012, moved:

That the Senate of Canada celebrate and recognize that January 24, 2013 is the 75th anniversary of the Corps of Commissionaires, Nova Scotia Division.

She said: Honourable senators, the Corps of Commissionaires, Nova Scotia Division, will be celebrating 75 years of trusted security for Nova Scotians on January 24, 2013.

On January 24, 1938, there were 20 commissionaires enrolled. During the next 75 years, Commissionaires Nova Scotia has become one of Nova Scotia's larger employers, with 1,700 commissionaires, and 1,200 of these commissionaires are Canadian Forces veterans. The commissionaires started out in 1938 with a temporary office in the Halifax army barracks. It has grown so that there is now a network of locations serving the entire province of Nova Scotia. The office headquarters is in Halifax, with the training centre in Dartmouth. There are also district offices in Kentville, Truro and Sydney.

Honourable senators, veterans often continue to need employment and support as they transition into civilian life. Commissionaires Nova Scotia is a not-for-profit security company that seeks employment for veterans offering permanent, part-time and seasonal work at over 200 client sites in the province. The combination of quality services, training, professionalism and integrity has made the Corps of Commissionaires a trusted security party.

Over the past 75 years, thousands of security-minded commissionaires have answered the call to protect people, property and information across the province. The quality of the past and present members and their high standards of dependability, loyalty and trust have created a highly regarded reputation in the security sector.

I am pleased today to recognize and celebrate the upcoming seventy-fifth anniversary of the Nova Scotia Corps of Commissionaires on January 24, 2013. I would like to congratulate the corps and thank them for their service to Nova Scotia. I would like to thank Colonel Mike Brownlow, CEO of Commissionaires Nova Scotia, who is from Dartmouth, for the work that he has done with the corps and for telling me about their anniversary celebration.