Message from the Ombudsman (January 11, 2013)

Ombudsman Visits St-Jean Garrison

We are pleased to be visiting St-Jean Garrison during the week of January 21, 2013, as part of our ongoing effort to reach out to members of Canada's Defence community.

During our visit to St-Jean, we will meet with military members from various ranks and occupations, their families, caregivers and civilian employees to talk about the issues affecting them and to offer our assistance should they have any problems or concerns related to National Defence or the Canadian Forces.

Our visit will begin on Tuesday with meetings with both senior leadership and social workers. We will also have a town hall with Junior Non-Commissioned Members and we will meet with medical staff.

On Wednesday we will hold two town halls, one with Senior Non-Commissioned Members and the other with Officers. We will also have an opportunity to meet with chaplains and staff at the Joint Personnel Support Unit, whose job it is to support and assist military members and their families.

On Thursday we will spend time with staff from the St-Jean Military Family Resource Centre and host a town hall session with civilian employees. Later that evening, we will be gathering with the spouses and families of military members.

Military families are national entities and they have an important role to play in maintaining the operational effectiveness of the Canadian Forces. Ensuring the fair treatment and overall well-being of Canada's military families – who sacrifice so much for their loved ones and their country – is a key priority for me and our office.

We look forward to our week in St-Jean and I invite anyone who has a concern with the way in which they have been treated by the Department or the Canadian Forces to speak to us while we are visiting.

Pierre Daigle

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