Local residents recognized by the RCMP

The Southeast District RCMP and the RCMP Veterans Association hosted the Second Man Recognition presentation ceremony Thursday in Kelowna.

A number of North Okanagan women are among those being honoured with a special police award.

The Southeast District RCMP and the RCMP Veterans Association hosted the Second Man Recognition presentation ceremony Thursday in Kelowna.

The RCMP Commissioner of the day, in 2010, approved the creation of the Unpaid Second Man Awards.

“This award serves to recognize the sacrifices, dedication and assistance that many spouses provided to the RCMP and their communities over many years,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, spokesperson for the RCMP.

“The dedication shown by these spouses speaks to their complete commitment to their communities and families while posted to limited duration and isolated postings here in British Columbia and other regions of Canada.

“A large number of these posting were to “one-man” detachments and in turn these RCMP member spouses became The Second Man.”

Gwen Brown, currently of Vernon, was posted with her husband Const. Joseph Brown (now deceased), to the one-man Queen Charlotte City detachment in 1952.

“She, like many of the spouses honoured, were all advised of the integral role that they would play within the detachments that their husbands and families were posted to,” said Moskaluk.

Other Vernon women receiving the award include Mary Dedish, Doreen Duncan, Linda Hill, Judy Howard, Joyce Shaigec and Carolyn Williams, while Mary Anne Shockey and Gail Thiel of Armstrong will also receive the honour.

The eldest award recipient is Margaret Jane Callens of Mara, 100, matriarch to three generations of RCMP members and grandmother of current B.C. Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens.


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