A Special Commissionaires Baton arrives in St. John’s, Newfoundland for Country-wide Tour

In preparation for the 2025 Centennial Commemoration, Commissionaires launches Baton and Flag Tour 

In the lead up to 2025, the 100th anniversary of the Corps of Commissionaires, a ceremonial baton and flag will make their way across Canada, passed on from Commissionaires Division to Division.

The new initiative will celebrate and connect commissionaires as well as the communities in which they live and serve.

“Symbolizing unity and comradery, the baton’s journey will last an incredible 500 days and cover over 5,000 kilometres,” said Gord Winkel, Commissionaires National Board Chair. “We plan to have many Commissionaires Baton Bearers in each region.”

At its Annual Meeting of Divisions, Commissionaires officially launched its Centennial Baton and Flag Tour, beginning with the Newfoundland and Labrador Division. On the 17th of June, Commissionaires National Board Chair Gord Winkel passed the centennial flag and banner to Newfoundland and Labrador Division CEO Capt (N) E.G. Forward, RCN (Ret’d).

“The Corps prides itself on having a footprint in many communities across Canada, with employees performing a myriad of roles in support of each local area,” said Capt (N) (Ret’d) Forward. “We’re honoured to kick off the tour here in Newfoundland and Labrador.” The baton is travelling throughout the province for the summer before heading to it’s next visit in Nova Scotia.

As one of the largest providers of security services in Canada, the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires has 15 Divisions and over 22,000 professionals working in 1,200 communities from coast to coast to coast. The not-for-profit combines local knowledge with national strength to provide top quality security and protection services.

With the intent of recognizing these hardworking and dedicated employees, the baton and ceremonial flag will be passed to as many commissionaires as possible. At each Division, photos of the baton and flag being handed to groups of commissionaires will be captured and uploaded to our COMMISSIONAIRES CENTENNIAL BATON TRACKER where everyone can follow along.

Approximate Baton and Flag Schedule

Year / MonthCommissionaires DivisionPotential Locations
2022 / July, AugustNewfoundland and LabradorSignal Hill, St. John’s Harbour, Cape Spear Lighthouse
2022 / SeptemberNova ScotiaHalifax Citadel, Pier 21, HMCS SACKVILLE, Peggy’s Cove
2022 / OctoberNew Brunswick & Prince Edward IslandFundy National Park, Hopewell Rocks, Confederation Bridge
2022 / November, DecemberQuébec  Québec City, Chateau Frontenac Citadel, Plains of Abraham Bell Centre, Old Montreal, Notre-Dame-de Bon Secours
2023 / JanuaryOttawa Rideau Hall, National War Memorial, Parliament Hill, Ambassador Bridge
2023 / FebruaryHamiltonDundurn Castle, HMCS HAIDA
2023 / MarchGreat LakesCN Tower, Rogers Stadium, ON Parliament
2023 / AprilKingston and Region City Hall Waterfront, Old Fort Henry, Royal Military College, Penitentiaries
2023 / MayManitobaCanadian Museum for Human Rights, The Forks
2023 / JuneNorth Saskatchewan Wannskewin
2023 / July, AugustSouth Saskatchewan Mosaic Stadium, RCMP Depot, Heritage Centre
2023 / SeptemberNorthern Alberta CFB Cold Lake, Fort McMurray, Rogers Place, Nunavut
2023 / OctoberSouthern Alberta Calgary Tower, Heritage Park, Banff, Lake Louise, Canmore
2023 / November, DecemberBritish ColumbiaGranville Island, Stanley Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver Harbour Waterfront
2024 / JanuaryVictoria, The Islands and YukonVictoria Harbour, Empress Hotel Royal Roads, Hatley Park, Craigdarroch Castle, Legislative Assembly of BC
2024 / February – MaySpare months – as requested by Divisions 
2024 / JuneNational Office (Ottawa)Baton and flag will be brought to Annual Meeting Of the Divisions (AMOD) 2024 (Saint John, NB)