Old Red Jacket Talker

Just an old RCMP dispatcher’s ramblings . . .


After growing up in Saskatchewan I wanted to see the world.  I joined the miltary in July 1967 (at about the time of the integration of the Armed Forces) and ended up with a Navy trade.  Great, now I’ll really get to see the world.  Nope, I ended up in Inuvik, NWT as my first posting.  Then after 6 months I got a first class all expenses paid ticket to Alert, Nunavut.  Well I could see the world from Alert as I was standing on the top of the world. 

Looking back on it now, that was probably the best time of my life and like a lot of people, once you get ‘snow’ in your veins, you never get it out.  I always remember my time in the North as the best times I had.

 However in 1975, after 8 years in the military with a 2 year trip to Bermuda and another 6 month tour in Alert, I took a different turn in my career and decided to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a Telecommunicator Operator.  My first transfer was to North Battleford, Saskatchewan.  This was going home for me as I was born 30 miles south of North Battleford in Wilkie, Saskatchewan. 

In 1996 the RCMP in their wisdom decided to create one communication center for the province of Saskatchewan and decided on amalgamating the 6 communication centers into the center in Regina, Saskatchewan.  So after 21 years in North Battleford I made the move to Regina. 

There definitely was a difference from working in a smaller center like North Battleford (7 people) to the super center of Regina (50+ people). 

I served in Regina for almost 9 years and in Feb 2005 I decided that I had enough.  I took my retirement after 30 years with the RCMP plus 8 years in the Canadian Armed Forces for a total of 38 years service to Canada.

I moved to the small town of Hanley, Saskatchewan. Population approx 500 people.  The lifestyle is so much quieter and laid back.  It took me almost a year to actually settle into the quiet and peaceful surroundings of a small town.  I’m not sure that I’m still fully settled in, however, I do feel a lot more comfortable in the town environment than I was when I first moved here.

1 Comment »

  1. Hi there,

    I am on a mission to locate my uncle, Merril William “Bill” Elliott and came across your website when I was trying to search for the Hanley Legion. He was born August 22, 1925 in Tomstown, Ontario – Ingram township.
    All I know is that he was in Airforce and stationed out of Gimli,Manitoba. When he was home in the 1950’s he stated that if he ever settled down it would be in the Hanley Saskatchewan region because he said they treated him well. He lost touch with his family and all that remains is his sister Gladys. We would love to know if he is still alive and thought maybe with it being a small town you might have heard the name.

    Would appreciate any info you could provide us.

    Thank you so much,

    Carol Lalonde
    79 Conc 2 West
    Wyevale, ON
    L0L 2T0
    Tel: (705) 322-3036

    Comment by Carol Lalonde | September 11, 2007 | Reply

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