The Baie Verte Detachment of the RCMP has a new face in their ranks as of late.Cst. Billie Jean Gardiner has taken post at the detachment as of last week. Straight from RCMP training in Saskatchewan, the prairie native is no stranger to the small town life."I grew up in a little town about an hour outside Regina, with a population of around 100 people," she said, noting that most of the communities on the Baie Verte Peninsula are either larger or in the same range as what she's used to.
Cst. Gardiner says that her desire to be a police officer was fuelled in her aspiration to help people and make a difference. Baie Verte is her first posting after graduating from training in Saskatchewan in late August. So far, she's settling in nicely with the detachment and in the community.
"Everyone here is very friendly and welcoming. Folks have been extremely helpful," she stated. "It's made the transition a lot easier." With this being her first posting as an officer, it also makes for her first time to Newfoundland and Labrador. As for her first impressions, she echoes what many have said before her: "it's beautiful here."
When it comes to any challenges she feels she's in for, there's one in particular that is bound to take its toll on anyone who's experiencing it for the first time.
"I think I may be in for a rough winter," she says. While the winters on the prairies are cold, and Cst. Gardiner says she's used to that, a Newfoundland and Labrador winter is unlike anywhere else and can be hard on those who haven't experienced it before; but Cst. Gardiner says she's ready for it.
In closing, she says that the Baie Verte area is a wonderful place to be. "I'm glad to be here," she said. "I look forward to meeting many people while I'm here. Baie Verte is not only a great place to work, but a great place to live as well."