Above: The finished welcome bags.
By Kelly Lupton, Deputy Manager PSP, RMC
Thanks to the RMC Commandant, BGen Sebastien Bouchard, his spouse and Ex-Cadet Karine Chayer, their 4 grown children (OCdt Maxym Bouchard, OCdt Pier-Alex Bouchard, OCdt Roxanne Bouchard and Maud Bouchard), and OCdt Marika Bertrand, more than 200 welcome bags were organized, assembled and delivered to the RMC dorms last week as a kind gesture to welcome CAF Troops returning to Canada from deployments in Iraq and Kuwait. These returning military members will be calling RMC home for a couple of weeks to complete their self-isolation requirements. The arrival is bitter sweet. Where it is nice for these troops to be home on Canadian soil, the 2-week wait in self-isolation on the RMC campus prior to getting to see loved ones will be tough.
This kind gesture initiated by the Commandant of RMC, and arranged by RMC PSP Ops, was further supported by Ms. Chayer. As onsite coordinator of the project, PSP was fortunate to have her volunteer her time to receive and sort the donations, lead “Team Bouchard” through the welcome bag assembly process, and then personally deliver them to each room prior to the troops’ arrival.
Organizations who often reach out to partner with the CFB Kingston military Community, and RMC specifically, stepped up on short notice recently to contribute to the contents of the welcome bags. Providing a small gesture of “welcome” definitely contributes to the morale of the troops in these types of situations. The Commandant and RMC PSP Operations (who are responsible for the NPF Sponsorship and Donation program at RMC) could not have pulled this off without the donations from great partners like Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Inc, Shoppers’ Drug Mart (Kingston HWY 15), SISIP Financial Services, PepsiCo Foods Canada, Canadian Forces Support our Troops, CFB Kingston PSP Health Promotion, and our very own RMC Club of Canada.