A huge part of what makes NBCC a great place to learn is the connection that our campuses have with the communities they call home. In each of our six campus regions, students and staff have forged strong relationships with community partners who enhance the NBCC experience.
At the Miramichi Campus, the Community and Protective Services department has long enjoyed a successful partnership with the Miramichi Police Force. One officer in particular, Sgt. Bob Bruce, has been a familiar face at the campus for more than 30 years.
For his years of friendship to the Community Protective Services department, which included being a guest speaker, mentor and practicum host, Sgt. Bruce was awarded the title of “Honourary Staff Member.” At a ceremony last month, staff and students presented him with a certificate of appreciation and a cake.
“The college staff from all departments – instructors, custodians and IT personnel – have always treated me with respect, and have always made my visits to the College warm and welcoming,” said Sgt. Bruce. “I have shared many conversations and stories with College staff, all of whom I consider to be friends rather than acquaintances. I have met many students, some of whom are now co-workers and others who have become contacts in related fields.
“I feel honoured to be a small part of your curriculum.”
The NBCC honour was the not the only award Sgt. Bruce has picked up lately. He recently won the Excellence in Police Leadership Award from the New Brunswick Association of Chiefs of Police, for taking on supervisory duties in Fredericton for 10 days after the tragic August 2018 shooting, so officers could grieve. He was also inducted into the Crime Prevention Association of New Brunswick Hall of Fame.