January 13, 2015, The Pas, MB – The Pas RCMP Detachment celebrated a change of command ceremony today. While a change of command ceremony is always special for RCMP detachments, this one had an added twist.
For the first time in the modern history of the Force, a father handed over the reins of a detachment to his son. Staff Sergeant (S/Sgt.) Noel Allard signed over command of The Pas RCMP Detachment to his son, S/Sgt. Jeremy Allard. Making the event even more special was the fact it was a personal homecoming for S/Sgt Jeremy Allard, who first signed up to be a Mountie while living in Cranberry Portage and wrote his entrance exam in The Pas in 2001.
The Allards are Metis, originally from St. Laurent, but northern Manitoba has been home for many years. It is where S/Sgt Jeremy Allard grew up, and where he lived until being stationed in Saskatchewan after his graduation from RCMP Depot.
“I’m excited to be home and closer to family,” said S/Sgt Jeremy Allard. “The Pas is known as a great place to live and work, and I’m looking forward to being part of that. Taking over from my dad has made this very special for me.”
It was as a very proud father that S/Sgt. Noel Allard addressed the crowd attending the ceremony: "I am honoured to say that The Pas/OCN is getting a younger, more educated and highly respected
Detachment Commander. But then, I may be biased."
He added, “The members of The Pas are fortunate to be under the command of Jeremy, and I feel assured that I am
Staff Sgt. Jeremy Allard takes over The Pas RCMP detachment on January 13, 2015 during a change of command ceremony. He will be taking over from his father Staff Sgt. Noel Allard.
Upcoming GPCI graduate, Erin Knight is off to Toronto for a panel interview to compete for one of the Loran Scholar Awards.
One of the chosen few
By Jennifer Carniel
With the start of a new year, many upcoming high school graduates are trying to plan for their future by determining whether or not to enroll in college or university, to take a trade or to enter the workforce. Gilbert Plains Collegiate Institute student, Erin Knight, has been planning for her future and received exciting news. Knight was chosen as a finalist in the running for the Loran Scholar Award. “I'm guaranteed a one-time $3000 scholarship to any university,” explained Knight. “If I'm chosen as one of the 30 recipients of the full Loran Award, I will get my tuition waived, a $9000 living stipend, access to mentors and support, and summer internship opportunities and this is all renewable for four years.”
Knight has been conditionally accepted for direct entry into the University of Manitoba’s Engineering Faculty, but has also applied to the University of British Columbia and Dalhousie
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