DCC marks National Day of Honour, recalls contribution to Afghan mission

Six DCC employees (left to right: Ray Tourville, Keith Dyer, Kris Seiler, Brigitte Trau, Shawn Helmerson and Janette Brodeur) represented the organization in the official Parade of Honour from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to Parliament Hill for the national ceremony.
Six DCC employees (left to right: Ray Tourville, Keith Dyer, Kris Seiler, Brigitte Trau, Shawn Helmerson and Janette Brodeur) represented the organization in the official Parade of Honour from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to Parliament Hill for the national ceremony.

DCC employees joined CAF members, veterans and members of the public for National Day of Honour observances across the country on May 9, 2014. James Paul, President and CEO, represented DCC at the national ceremony.

Six DCC employees (Janette Brodeur, Keith Dyer, Shawn Helmerson, Kris Seiler, Ray Tourville and Brigitte Trau) represented the organization in the official Parade of Honour from the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to Parliament Hill for the national ceremony. Staff in communities from coast-to-coast participated in ceremonies with their military colleagues, civilians, and local and provincial representatives.

In a message to staff on the occasion, Mr. Paul said that it was both an honour and privilege for DCC to have been able to provide infrastructure and development support in Afghanistan and to help the Afghan people.

“Our employees in Kabul and Kandahar worked under incredibly challenging conditions: long hours in an active combat zone, located in a remote, harsh environment, far from family and friends, and with a construction industry unfamiliar with our normal standards.”

At DND’s request, DCC deployed to Afghanistan to help sustain the military engineering mission. Beginning in 2003 in Kabul, DCC provided contract management support to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, which had been shattered by decades of war. In 2006, DCC began deploying to Kandahar in roles that included program, project and contract management.

National Day of Honour ceremony at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
National Day of Honour ceremony at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Over the course of the mission, 63 employees deployed and nine managers travelled in theatre to support and inspect operations. The work DCC carried out in Afghanistan was backed by full support of staff from across the organization.

“You didn’t stop work at 5 p.m.,” recalled Marcy Burton, Regional Service Line Leader, Construction Services, who began a six-month tour as Site Manager at Kandahar’s Camp Nathan Smith in November 2007. “If something needed to be done, you were there all night. It didn’t matter. Everyone there was working as part of the team.”

With DCC involved in the awarding of hundreds of contracts, said Shawn Bindon, Manager of Major Programs, who travelled to Afghanistan on a number of occasions to support employees on the ground, he was consistently impressed with the ability of staff to deliver projects under trying conditions. “This is the ultimate delivery of defence projects … . [You] truly see the impact of your ability to deliver.”


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