Long-time RCMP staffer honoured for years of service
Laurie Martin, a long-time fixture at the Osoyoos RCMP Detachment, was honoured last week for her many years of service.
Martin has worked in administration with the RCMP for 37 years, including 17 years in Osoyoos. She formally retired in July, but she continues to fill in at the detachment on a casual basis.
During her long career, Martin also had special constable status, allowing her to appear at court procedures.
Detachment Commanding Officer Sgt. Randall Bosch and Cpl. Jason Bayda congratulated her last Wednesday as she received a certificate and ring to recognize her 30 years with the federal public service. A tree is also being planted somewhere in B.C. in her honour.
Martin explained that for seven of her 37 years with the RCMP she was a municipal employee and for the remaining 30 years she was a federal employee.
She started her career in Wynyard, Sask. in 1978, where she worked more than 16 years before moving to the Lower Mainland.
In Wynyard, she worked at the town office in a tiny office with the cellblock behind her.
“It was a huge part of my life,” she said, reflecting on her long career.
When her children were teenagers, she said, her work “was my only place of sanity.”