New branch head for 4CDSB Corporate Services
Sean Chase/Daily Observer 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4CDSG) deputy commander Lt.-Col. Richard Raymond (seated centre) presides over the change of branch head for 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Corporate Services. Maj. Ryan McClement (seated right) handed over command to Maj. Alicia Saucier (seated left). Looking on is outgoing branch sergeant-major Master Warrant Officer Sarah Powers (back right) and incoming branch sergeant-major Master Warrant Officer Joann Bullied.
GARRISON PETAWAWA - A new branch head has begun her tenure overseeing the financial requirements of military and civilian employees at Garrison Petawawa.
On June 15, a change of appointment ceremony was held at the garrison's headquarters building in which Maj. Alicia Saucier to over command of 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa Corporate Services from Maj. Ryan McClement. There was also a change of branch sergeant-major with Master Warrant Officer Joann Bullied taking over from Master Warrant Officer Sarah Powers.
The branch was created in 2013 when 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4CDSG) was formed standing up five new units and three branches in Petawawa and Garrison Toronto. The formation provides garrison-based institutional support to all Army Formations within Ontario, be they deployed in Canada or abroad, and support all lodger units housed in our assigned area of responsibility.
Among its many areas of responsibility, Corporate Services provides financial services, financial management, policy and compliance training, non-public and public funds accounting, auditing and comptrollership for the garrison, as well as overseeing unit budgets and the training of personnel in the Defence Resource Management Information System (DRMIS).
Presiding over the change of appointment was 4CDSG deputy commander Lt.-Col. Richard Raymond. In his remarks before leaving the branch, Maj. McClement thanked civilian employee Linda Gavin for her mentorshipp, as well as his two sergeant-majors, Master Warrant Officer Powers and Master Warrant Officer Nadia McQueen.
“The last two years has flown by,” said Maj. McClement. “We've been through a lot of trials and tribulations. We did this all while undermanned, under resourced and over utilized.”
Speaking briefly to the branch's civilian and military personnel, Maj. Saucier thanks Maj. McClement and all the section heads for an excellent handover and all their support during the transition.
“I am honoured and excited to be the branch head for Corporate Services,” she said. “I know what a great team I am coming to and it just makes me more excited to start working here.”
A native of North York, Ontario, Maj. Saucier enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces in June 2002. She graduated from Queens University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Studies and was posted to 2 Service Battalion. In 2010, she deployed with the National Support Element to Kandahar, Afghanistan where she was employed as senior duty officer and planning officer. She had subsequent assignments with the Director General Land Equipment Program Management and the Directorate of Land Procurement. In 2015, she deployed in support of Operation Impact as the deputy commanding officer of the Joint Task Force Support Component. She was most recently the deputy commanding officer of 4th Canadian Division Support Base Personnel Services. Maj. Saucier and her husband, Capt. Daniel Saucier, have two children, Aimee and Nicolas.