“It is with great pleasure I assume the role of the chair position of the Mounted Police Members’ Legal Fund (MPMLF). I have been a member of this Fund since its creation and involved in the founding meetings resulting in this success. This is supported by an Executive representing other areas within Canada that offers numerous experiences. I, like most members, hope I never need to draw on the Fund, but like most assistance programs it will be there for me, should I encounter a situation that meets the Fund’s founding principles.
The Fund has assisted many members and families in its ten-year history; the outcomes have been both rewarding and disappointing. They have also impacted systems executed by the Force, which were in need of change and one of those was the disclosure issues centring around the promotional (exam) exercises encountered by Paul Shephard of “B” Division and previously reported in our Spring 2003 and Fall 2005 Newsletters. The existence of this Fund has permitted many responses that prior to its inception were not open to many members; it has supported the Staff Relations Program Representatives in being able to deal with issues which ran the course internally and under the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act and Regulations.
The cost to belong is reasonable, cheaper than subscribing to some newspaper deliveries or many other miscellaneous purchases. We would like to see every civilian and regular member of the Force join, as we ALL benefit even without being in trouble or facing some enormous pressure. Opinions, negotiations, research and so on concerning so many issues. Please take a few minutes after reading this publication and action your application. We have done something among ourselves that should make all of us proud. Another creative tool to work successfully on your collective and individual needs.” [Sic]
S/Sgt Murray Brown,