Comish Corner

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.

July 2017

DND 404 Renewals Online -When you need to renew your 404's you can do it thru the DLN Defense Learning Network (online course) - refer to your site supervisor for instructions - 8 hours pay by Corps of Commissionaires

Welcome New Members - Robert Emmett, Michael McGuire, John Plaxton, Francis Reamsay-Taylor, Daryl Henke, Eric Bristow

Nancy Sermons says 'Happy Canada Day to all as well. This is my first one as a Canadian'

Kimm's Canada Day Thoughts Enjoy the party on July 1st. We have much to be proud of, portable radio’s, the invention of insulin, the telephone, the snow-mobile and snow-blower, batman, basketball and the fog horn. The real one, not Shelia Copps. Have a great Canada Day.


June A. Green (August 11, 1946 - May 31, 2017) obit

June 2017 - Who said this? "Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive." a) Lebron James b) Steve Anthony c) Andrew Weaver Bien à vous - Best regards (answer)

June 2017 - Comish Alerts - CRA Telephone Scam

June 16, 2017 - David Schinbein & John Davies - PSAC Convention

June 04, 2017 - Steven Anthony Bravo Zulu - Steven 'has raised the bar' at Dockyard gates with customer service - visitors and clients can't believe his enthusiastic, happy positive manner which they say is 'a breath of fresh air'.

May 24, 2017 - Gerry Ratchford - Dockyard FMF 250 - celebrated his 89th birthday on 24 May 2017 - Gerry has been a Commissionaire for 37 years. Can anybody beat that record?

May 2017 - RIP - Malkit Singh Saini - 443 Sqn. Commissionaire


May 20, 2017

Say goodbye to Dockyard and hello to WP - not West Point but Work Point - Len Little has taken the weekend day job starting in June

May 18, 2017

Commish Anon - 'we want a level playing field' - how do we go about getting into the commissionaires union?

May 11th, 2017

Women’s Committee – Michelle Thompson (2nd for left) Women’s Rep Meeting – May 11, 2017 – PSAC Office

If you would like to be on the Women’s Committee – contact Michelle at Women’s Committee

Bravo Zulu Bargaining Team – May 2017 - Erna Post – PSAC & David Schinbein, Ian Kimm, Nancy Semons – Commish U., Congrats to the Bargaining Team for keeping us ‘in the loop’. They will have more meetings with commissionaires as ‘items are put on the table’. Commish Doug – ‘now that’s the way the union is supposed to operate’

May 2017 - re: Facebook - Our Facebook page needs a commissionaire to maintain it if you want to volunteer Facebook admin FB Volunteer


Andy O’Keefe

Retired Sunday April 30th, 2017 after 15 years as commissionaire from all sites – home was Newfoundland & Nova Scotia with most of family in Ontario – PPCLI 25 years – Sergeant – long awaited travel plans being planned.

Mike Toms

Worked at Victoria Tire Company 19 years and Cal Tire 17 years. Retired Captain – Colwood Volunteer Fire Department 25.5 years. Commissionaire Royal Roads 3.5 years – Dockyard 1.5 years. Golfer – 13 cap – Highland Pacific. Wisdom – ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’

April 10, 2017

Byron Barry - Dockyard Turns 82 April 10th


April 9th, 2017

Joe Menard - Leaving Commish going Reg. Force - Air Force - Gagetown, NB -5 years musician Reserves (5 th. Field Regiment Royal Canadian Artillery Band) chosen field weather technician.

March 30, 2017

CPO2 Terry Molloy - Retired March 29th, 42 years in the Navy. Moving to Cumberland where he will golf & commish work. He is happy to arrange a north vs south commish golf tourney.

March 29, 2017

Thank you - PSAC - Luc Guevremont & Dave Jackson & Rosemary MacKenzie - A very well efficient, productive AGM Bravo-Zulu (Well Done)



March 27th, 2017

Thrifty's $100 Gift Certificate Door Prize Winner Deb Price (A-List) Presenter: Bob Cosman - Social Committee

March 25, 2017

Send them to job.openings@cviy