August 2017 - Comish Union wishes Christopher Black good luck on his new venture
Christopher J. Black served in the Canadian Forces from 1981-86. Immediately upon leaving the forces, he joined the Commissionaires in Vancouver, serving at the Vancouver Airport during Expo '86. He moved to Victoria and attended UVic, earning a BSc. He moved to Cochrane, AB in 1994 where he earned his MDiv degree. Returning to Victoria in 1997, he rejoined the Commissionaires and became the first Commissionaire to work in a hotel. He worked in the Magnolia Hotel until he finished his second undergraduate degree, a BA, graduating with distinction. In 2003, Christopher returned to Cochrane, AB to upgrade his MDiv in order to enter into the doctoral program at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. While in Cochrane, he joined the Commissionaires in Calgary, where he worked in the Major's office. In 2004, Christopher moved down to New Orleans, LA and entered the PhD program. In 2005, he was forced to evacuate New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina. He spent 3 months in Tuscaloosa, AL. Despite the devastation of the hurricane, his studies continued unabated, moving to the internet for a year. In 2010, Christopher graduated with a PhD. In 2012 he was hired by Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN. Due to financial mismanagement, the school was forced to downsize its faculty. So in 2013, Christopher returned home to Victoria where he continued teaching for Tennessee Temple University as an online adjunct professor. Despite the valiant efforts of the university's President, the financial troubles were just too deep and the school closed in 2014. Without a job, Christopher returned to familiar territory and rejoined the Commissionaires in 2015. That makes this his fourth time as a Commissionaires. He worked on the A-list for eight months, spending a lot of time at Ogden Point and the Dominion Observatory. Once he got his security clearance, he found a home at Dockyard where he rose to be the Afternoon Shift Supervisor in October 2016. His love of teaching lead him to earn a certificate in Teaching ESL. His intention was to teach a class or two before his Dockyard shift in the afternoons, but a university in China contacted him and gave him an offer he couldn't refuse. So, now he's off to China and returning to the university life once again. He is grateful for all the friends he made in the Corps. And he said that he'd miss most of them very much.