Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan is proud to announce their new Guard of Honour squad. Mr. Trent Kane, the Prairie Region’s Guard of Honour Commander, presented each new member with their lanyard. Kikawinaw Rachel Parker presided over the ceremony and proudly welcomed each new squad member.
Institutional Squad Leader, Lyle Michaud, is beginning his 19th year with CSC, although his drill experience began back in his teens when he was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets - 186 Squadron. Mr. Michaud’s drill training and parade formations were further developed when he attended the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) depot in Regina, Saskatchewan. Over the last 20 years, Mr. Michaud has travelled throughout North America participating in song and dance at a variety of traditional and cultural ceremonies, and has carried flags and eagle staffs for the traditional colour party that leads the grand entry for all Pow Wow celebrations. Mr. Michaud demonstrates an appreciation and respect for the uniform and is honoured to lead this squad.
Squad Member Trina Baljak, who has been with the Service since 2014, also brings Royal Canadian Air Cadet experience with her and has participated in a number of ceremonies and parades, noting Remembrance Day events as the ones dearest to her. Ms. Baljak’s cadet experience, along with the drill training she received at RCMP depot, provided her with the opportunity to build on and strengthen some of the personal qualities she already possesses such as integrity, discipline, and loyalty. She is proud to be part of this team.
Squad Member Angela MacNeil is beginning her fourth year with CSC and brings a Canadian Armed Forces background with her where she served as a medical technician. Ms. MacNeil’s experience has provided her with the privilege of serving in parades and ceremonies both on Canadian soil, as well as abroad. Most noteworthy was her participation in the Nijmegen March in Holland as a Canadian representative. She brings professionalism, devotion to the uniform, and sense of pride to the team.
Squad Member Shannon Boutland has been with the Service since 2003 and has spent her entire career at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge. Ms. Boutland has represented the officers at Okimaw Ohci at regional labour discussions and looks forward to serving in this capacity as well. She brings enthusiasm and commitment to the team.
This squad looks forward to working alongside their fellow Guard of Honour colleagues in a multitude of capacities and is committed to representing CSC as an organization that employs officers who have integrity, respect and honour for themselves, their work, and their country.