Local Mountie Selected to Be Medal Bearer in Rick Hansen Anniversary Relay
By 250 News
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 09:44 AM
Prince George, B.C. – An RCMP officer with the Prince George detachment will be one of the medal bearers in the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay . Th Anniversary relay arrives in Prince George on Monday, and Constable Julie Champagne has been chosen to carry one of the medals.
Champagne is thrilled, “It is quite a honour for me to be alongside all of these other Prince George difference makers and feeling the beat of all the other chosen Medal-Bearers from across Canada”.
Constable Champagne, has been part of the Prince George RCMP Detachment for the last 6 ½ years and was chosen to be one of the Medal-Bearers for the relay after she submitted a letter re-counting of her life story and willingness to always see the positive side of life. Following a routine surgery in 2007, Julie was diagnosed with a sympathetic nervous system disorder called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). CRPS is a debilitating disorder involving the human skin, nerves, blood vessels, and bones. There can be many symptoms, but the most common one is burning pain. Some of the other symptoms include swelling, temperature change, skin colour change, diminished motor function, and severe sweating. Although this disability prevents her from fully operational police duties, she has continued to strive in other areas of the RCMP.
Julie has been involved in many different duties for the Prince George RCMP Detachment, including working within the Community Policing Office, the Communications Office and taking on roles within the General Duty Section. She has embraced challenges from administrative duties, to teaching D.A.R.E., to website development, all with enthusiasm. “Not a dull moment in the RCMP”, as she says “Your mind is indeed your biggest weapon, even in police work!”.
Supt. Eric Stubbs, Officer in Charge of the Prince George RCMP Detachment says he is proud of Cst. Champagne’s accomplishments “Despite some medical setbacks, she comes to work with a positive attitude and willingness to assist in any possible way. She’s an excellent representative of the RCMP for the Rick Hansen Relay.”
This may be one of the highlights of Cst. Champagne’s time in Prince George. She will soon be transferred to Montreal to start the next stage in her life and career.
The relay will be in Prince George on March 19th, 2012. It will begin at 4:00 PM at Honda North on 1st Avenue and make it’s way through downtown Prince George to Civic Centre Plaza at approximately 6:00 PM. A celebration and presentations from Rick Hansen are planned. For more information, go towww.rickhansenrelay.com.
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