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Canadian Coast Guard College Celebrates 55th Graduating Class in Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney, Nova Scotia – In a significant milestone, the Canadian Coast Guard College celebrated its 55th graduating class on Saturday, ushering 37 new Ship’s Officers into the esteemed ranks of the Canadian Coast Guard.

The ceremony, held at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, was attended by notable dignitaries including the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard. Joining her were Parliamentary Secretary Mike Kelloway, Deputy Minister Annette Gibbons, and Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner Mario Pelletier.

Minister Lebouthillier lauded the graduates for their dedication and commitment, stating, “Congratulations to our newest Canadian Coast Guard College graduates. It is a privilege to celebrate their achievements with them today as they embark on meaningful careers with the Canadian Coast Guard. Their determination, dedication, and commitment to serving Canadians will help us continue to protect our marine environment and ensure maritime safety in Canadian waters.”

The 37 graduates will immediately begin their assignments on Canadian Coast Guard vessels across the country. Their roles are crucial in ensuring safe navigation, protecting the environment, and safeguarding Canadian waters.

The Canadian Coast Guard College, established in 1965, is renowned for its specialized maritime training and has produced over 1,500 Fleet Officers to date. The institution is recognized internationally and offers training in both of Canada’s official languages.

Key Highlights:

  • Graduating Class: 55th class of the Canadian Coast Guard College
  • New Officers: 37 graduates
  • Ceremony Attendees:
    • The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
    • Parliamentary Secretary Mike Kelloway
    • Deputy Minister Annette Gibbons
    • Commissioner Mario Pelletier
  • Institution Legacy: Over 1,500 Fleet Officers trained since 1965

As the graduates embark on their new roles, they carry forward a legacy of excellence and commitment, prepared to meet the challenges of safeguarding Canadian waters and ensuring maritime safety for all.

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Alwin Marshall-Squire

Alwin Marshall-Squire is the Editor-in-Chief of GTA Today and serves as the Parliament Hill Reporter covering Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet. With a commitment to accurate and timely news coverage, Marshall-Squire brings depth and insight to the forefront of Canadian journalism. For feedback, reach out at

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