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College cleaning staff very impressive hard-working group

College cleaning staff very impressive hard-working group

Article by: 27476 OCdt Danielle Fielding

Danielle Fielding

What is something that goes unnoticed when it is present, but when gone are noticed. There are most certainly many answers to this; however, one of the most important people at RMC, are the members of the cleaning staff.

Many of these unsung heroes remain anonymous.

Day in, and day out, the cleaners work long shifts to ensure the cleanliness of all the building on the peninsula. Waking up at the crack of dawn, their days start early in the morning at 0600. They check in at their office, located in the Stone Frigate, and begin their daily routine. Some are tasked with dormitories, others with academic buildings, and some have the staff offices.

No matter the task, they are all equally as important and appreciated by those who frequent the areas.

In the dormitories, the floors, bathrooms, showers and garbage are cleaned daily, to ensure the hygiene of the areas and avoid sickness amongst the cadets. With so many living so closely together, it’s important to reduce the germs.

In the academic buildings it’s the chalkboards and hallways that need the most cleaning. Every day hundreds of classes are taught during the school year and every day the chalkboards are wiped clean, ready for a new day.

Sean, now one of the full time cleaners, started as a casual worker in October of 2012. He says he thoroughly enjoys working at RMC and the staff are wonderful to work with. Although he does not work in the dormitories, he enjoys the chances he has to interact with the cadets.

Corey is the one in charge of the cleaners. He has been working at RMC for 19 years, and when he first started it used to only be contract work. Corey has noticed an increase in the number of cadets over the years, as well as more buildings being added, but states that the day to day stays roughly the same.

The busiest time of the year is right after graduation as all the cadets are leaving and in August, right before all the cadets return from their summer training. Every room is cleaned spotlessly.

In addition, the cleaners are some of the only staff who work year round. They work throughout the winter holidays, only getting stat holidays. During some important weekends, like reunion weekend, they are also asked to come in and work overtime.

The cleaners are some of the hardest working staff members at RMC and deserved to be noticed.

4 Comments

  • Darren Rich

    July 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Nice to see a story about one of the unsung groups that keep RMCC ticking. I could always count upon one of the cleaning staff sticking their head into my office to say hello and to spend a few moments to talk about things, be it how to do the “hot tub – snow angel – hot tub” thing or just to shoot the breeze about ‘stuff’. There is a saying that goes something along the lines of a good leader knows the first names of the cleaning staff in their building and takes the time to talk to them each day. They also give you a pretty good pulse on how things are going in the Dorms.

    D. Rich
    Cdr (ret’d)
    RMCC Staff 2003-11

  • André Corriveau.

    July 12, 2018 at 12:54 am

    a strong thank you to Danielle Fielding for your article. Very appropriate!! Indeed, a “very impressive working group” and a “very unsung group”.
    A bit of trivia about its first supervisor: Charleen Martin. Shortly after my arrival at RMC, I proposed to my boss (R Adm Morse) to not renew the cleaning contract which was due to expire in spring (or summer ??) 2001; basically, for the same budget, we could have a good quality of cleaning services and motivated personnel. He immediately approved. Charleen was successful in seeking the supervisor position. She then staffed her section and acquired the necessary personnel. She managed the section competently and professionally from the start. I was glad to “make happen” the three immediate improvements that she wanted: a good strategic location for the section, a training room for the staff (which was to have an additional and much appreciated use by the cleaners!!) and an elevator for the cleaner working in Stone Frigate. BZ to Danielle Fielding. BZ to Corey and his staff. BZ to Charleen.
    André Corriveau. Director Physical Plant 2000 – 2002 and Director College Sp Svcs (currently called CSO Sp Svcs, I believe) 2002 -2006.

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