On the Frontlines: Q+A with Sgt Eric Rochette

What makes the Winds of Change such a ground-breaking initiative is that it brings together a broad representation of social service providers, policy makers, local governments and law enforcement, enabling communication across jurisdictions and specific service interests that is quite unique in a First Nations/non FN collaboration. (The Winds of Change Steering Committee has representation from the Village of Pemberton, Mount Currie Band, Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, RCMP, Sea to Sky Community Services, Mount Currie Health Care Centre, Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police, Youth Mental Health, School District #48, Xet’olacw Community School, N’Quatqua Band, Pemberton and Mount Currie Youth Leaders, and a nominee from the Community at Large.)
Today, we continue to introduce some of the frontline faces who work most closely to serve wellness and deal with drug and alcohol issues in our communities, and peek at the man behind the uniform of our local RCMP detachment.
(Check out our previous profiles of Lindsay May, Kerrie Palmer and Juanita Jacob.)

What is your job title?

Sergeant, Operations Supervisor, Sea to Sky Detachment, Pemberton Office “which means person in charge of Pemberton RCMP”

What do you do?

I supervise 4 Constables and the general operations of policing in Pemberton.

How do people usually come to see you?

They either come to the local RCMP Detachment or make an appointment.

What kinds of things do you do for them?

Answer any questions or concerns the public has regarding policing issues in Pemberton.

What is the best thing about your job?

Satisfaction of helping people.

How can people contact you?

Phone: 894-6634, email: Eric.rochette@rcmp-grc.gc.ca or attend the local RCMP Detachment.

What does ‘wellness’ mean to you?

Health of the body and mind.

Is there anything you try and do on a daily basis, as a daily practice or habit or ritual, to keep grounded and healthy yourself?

Live an active lifestyle, spend quality time with my family and friends.

What, if you could boil it down, would be the single most important or effective thing someone can do to choose a path of wellness?

Surround yourself with positive people who care for your and their health and well being

What do you wish our communities had more of?

Personally because I am such a huge fan of the sport, I would choose a hockey rink … However my wife would love a little more shopping.

What do you wish you had more of?

More time with my family.

Can you share an inspiring quote or piece of art with us?

We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls. ~Winston Churchill

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