Commissionaires Blog

Welcome to Commissionaires’ blog! As a leading security provider and Canada’s largest private sector employer of veterans, we’ll keep you up-to-date on security industry news, security tips and techniques, and profiles of our team members.

Imagine being beaten by someone for doing your job

May 3, 2018

Security work is not as simple as many people would have you believe. Our uniformed commissionaires must be alert, constantly assess situations for potential issues, position themselves accordingly, and respond as necessary.

While most people respect and appreciate the services we deliver (guarding, bylaw enforcement, etc.), some view people in uniform as a nuisance to be overcome—sometimes with physical violence.

“I can still hear the sound of my mom when she was told”

April 27, 2018
The title of this post is a quote from Allen Martin on his mother’s reaction when she was told her son, Glenn, had been killed in the Westray Mining Disaster.

Beyond Service: Dianne Higgins (Ottawa)

April 27, 2018

“Don’t stop looking for something to do, because life is just beginning, post military.”

Dianne was first in the military for three years as a field medic in the mid-70s. She joined the Air Force as a clerk, and then remained with the CAF for over 20 years.

Beyond Service: Gilles Plouffe (Gatineau)

April 23, 2018

Gilles has been a dedicated commissionaire since 1990. He joined our Ottawa Division shortly after his retirement from the RCMP and has since earned a Commissionaires Long-Service Medal for his years of service to the federation, and a Queen’s Jubilee for his decades of community involvement.

North Saskatchewan Governor is presented with the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

April 17, 2018

Governor General Julie Payette presented North Saskatchewan Division Governor Joan Steckman with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, this morning.

For the past 30 years, Joan has made significant contributions to improve the lives of her fellow Canadians. She has spent many years working with the Girl Guides of Canada, and the Riverside Kiwanis Club. In addition to those organizations, Joan makes a point to consistently support youth, veterans, and organizations that encourage community engagement.

Beyond Service: Devon Riley (Ottawa)

April 16, 2018

When he found himself seeking inspiration to get his life on track, Devon Riley turned to the Canadian Armed Forces. He signed up to be a reservist, and is experiencing “the best of both worlds.” He enjoys the flexibility of having a full-time job as a commissionaire, and still do his part as a soldier. 

When we spoke to Devon, he told us about the significance of the Commissionaires culture including the focus on training, and what he refers to as "the best part of this job…[being] appreciated for everything you do and [being] well-respected."

Director of Business Development, Kingston & Region, receives a Chief of Defence Staff Commendation

April 13, 2018

In a March 23 ceremony at CFB Kingston, James Ostler of our Kingston & Region Division, received a Chief of Defence Commendation.

James was the Deputy Commander of the Canadian Armed Forces Task Force deployed on a Peacekeeping Mission to the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt, from 2015 to 2016. This was a period of heightened tensions and a rapidly deteriorating security situation. 

Beyond Service: Angela Jacklin (Ottawa)

April 9, 2018

Angela Jacklin balanced family life and a military career throughout her 32 years of dedicated service to the CAF. Although she was never posted in theatre, she spent two years at sea, and was an instructor at various points in her career, teaching QL3 and QL6 finance courses, among others.

Epilepsy Awareness Day - what to do if someone is experiencing an epileptic episode

March 23, 2018

March 26 is Epilepsy Awareness Day—otherwise known as “Purple Day.” People across the country sport the colour purple to inspire conversations about epilepsy. This made us wonder how many people really know what to do if they witness an epileptic episode?

Beyond Service: Ottawa Division's Susan Godden

March 8, 2018

During her 17 years of service, Susan Godden participated in two UN peacekeeping missions as a signaller. Although extremely proud of her deployments in Croatia and Haiti, her experience in Haiti has particular meaning for Susan because she shared that experience with her father, who was on deployment as a liaison officer. Her father also swore her in to the regular force.

Susan is now a Security Clearance Administrator with our Ottawa Division.

Thank you for your service, Susan. And have a happy International Women's Day.

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