Seeing Reservists In Action

By Constable Felix Tam,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 12:19 p.m. August 25, 2014
Updated: 12:20 p.m. August 25, 2014

On August 20, 2014, myself and Constable Joseph Lee, from the Employment Unit, attended the ExecuTrek joint military and civilian event held in Welland to get a closer look at the skills military reservists learn through their training.

Men in army fatigues in a field near a mortar
Civilians and reservists participated in a military exercise
  • Men in army fatigues in a field near a mortar
  • A man in a suit shakes hands with a man in army fatigues
  • People in army fatigues atop a eight-wheeled armoured military vehicle

It is coordinated by the Canadian Forces Reserves and Canada Company, a privately funded organization mandated to assist veterans transitioning into civilian life.

Once a year, the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve conducts a week-long exercise to prepare for military response. These weekend soldiers come from all walks of life, from corporate executives to business owners to college students. This year, the exercise was called Stalwart Guardian, a simulation of enemy forces invading Canada via the waterways in Niagara Region, reminiscent of past conflicts this country saw in the 1800s.

Myself and Constable Lee, along with employees from corporations such as Bell Canada and Walmart, had the opportunity to mingle and observe the soldiers and commissioned officers in action. This gives potential employers a glimpse of what our reservists do and the skills they bring to their civilian employers. 

Apart from military trades, they also gain experience in time management, organizational development and leadership. These are competences that are transferrable to any civilian jobs. The fact that these part-time soldiers are giving up time off from their day jobs to serve in physical hardship speaks volume about their character and work ethic.

The Honorable Rob Nicholson, Minister of National Defence, addressed the soldiers and participating civilian guests. He spoke of the peaceful role and contribution our military has made and the well-deserved reputation they have earned internationally.

Annmarie Henry, manager of our Employment Unit, is supportive of the Canada Company’s Military Employment Transition (MET) program in assisting our veterans /reservists in seeking employment with our Service. Having officers observe the exercise in Welland confirmed our Service’s belief that these soldiers have a lot to offer as future employees. 

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