Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 25, 2012 13:00 ET

Canadian Forces Recruiting Group Headquarters Welcomes New Commanding Officer

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 25, 2012) - Major Cynda Lavoie was named the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group Headquarters Commanding Officer at a ceremony at CFB Borden this morning.

"I'm really looking forward to this position because command is what every officer should aspire to," said Major Lavoie. "My family and I are also happy to be joining such a strong military community that offers a lot of family activities."

Major Lavoie joined the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve 22 years ago as a logistics officer in Quebec City after being a sea cadet in her youth. After university, she occupied various full time positions with the Reserve Force and finally, in 2002, made the big jump to the Regular Force, where she has carried out a number of postings as a specialist in finance, supply, and human resources. Her latest operational experience includes a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006 and to Operation PROTEUS, Canada's contribution to the Office of the United States Security Coordinator (USSC) in Jerusalem, in 2010, where she taught logistics to Palestinian Security Forces.

"The position of Commanding Officer at the headquarters is an important one because Major Lavoie will command 120 people in Borden and North Bay and she will oversee all of the logistics requirements for the group," said Brigadier-General Louis Meloche, the Canadian Forces Recruiting Group Commander. "Major Lavoie has a solid background in logistics and has proven herself as a capable leader. There is no doubt in my mind that she will do a great job as Commanding Officer."

In her spare time, Major Lavoie is a figure skating coach with Skate Canada, a soccer coach and a spinning instructor. Major Lavoie and her husband, Lieutenant-Colonel James Hersey, who is also posted to CFB Borden, have two daughters, Elaina and Briana.

The Canadian Forces Recruiting Group's mission is to support the operational capability of the Canadian Forces by recruiting Canadian citizens to join the Regular Force, and processing applications for the Primary Reserve and the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service.

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