Cpl. Don Southern arrived at the November 14 council meeting planning to give an update on policing on Bowen. After finishing his short presentation, he received a farewell present and a standing ovation.
Southern, who is being transferred to Ladysmith later this year, recalled his first time in council chambers. "It was about five years ago and there was a man here with a guitar who sang a new Bowen song. I thought that this is a special community and I certainly enjoyed my time here."
Southern will be replaced by Cpl. Nancy Joyce who will likely arrive on Bowen sometime before Christmas.
Mayor Bob Turner said, "In recognition of what you've done for the community, we've prepared a gift for you." He handed Southern the Bowen Island Reflections book with an inscription thanking him for "his years and service" and "good humour."
"Public service can be rewarding, frustrating and challenging," Southern said. "It is something noble to serve your community and your country, so thank you."
Southern added that he hoped the good rapport between council and the RCMP detachment will continue into the future.