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Commissioners Advisory Committee on Visible Minorities

The Commissioner’s Advisory Committee on Visible Minorities (CACVM) was established in 1986 to provide advice on policies related to recruiting, training and the advancement and promotion of visible minorities in the RCMP. CACVM also provides advice to the Commissioner and his Senior Executives on fair working environments as well as community and inter-cultural relations.

The CACVM is proud of the Regular Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) who go above and beyond the call of duty in the communities they serve. These men and women spend countless hours outside their regular work schedule volunteering in their communities. Throughout the year supervisors across the RCMP will identify Regular Members who have contributed, in an exemplary way, to the visible minority communities they serve.

Outstanding contributions by Regular Members in Visible Minority communities

Corporal Calvin Byard

Corporal (Cpl) Calvin Byard is one example of a Regular Member of the RCMP that has done outstanding work in the visible minority communities he serves. Cpl. Byard was the supervisor of the RCMP Preston Unit which includes North Preston, East Preston, Cherry Brook and Lake Loon, NS. North Preston has Canada’s highest concentration of Black Canadians, many of whom are descendants of the first Black settlers in Canada. Cpl. Byard has provided leadership within the RCMP and the Black community by playing an active role in community development. Cpl. Byard is a positive male role model in the lives of many youth who otherwise would not have the benefit of such guidance. His exceptional dedication to his community has enhanced the lives of many youth as recognizing their potential and encouraging their participation in community events.

This year alone Cpl. Byard led the “TrySport Camp” initiative in the Preston area; the two-day football camp was aimed at exposing 45 children and young teens to football: promoting teamwork, leadership, and building self-esteem. He was also instrumental in organizing a “father-son” camp where the participants spent a weekend camping and taking part in activities such as archery, climbing, making bonfires. Calvin also participated in the Tim Horton’s children camp and spearheaded a community clean-up in Lake Loon and Cherry Brook. He also regularly serves breakfast to school children at Nelson Whynder Elementary school, leads the Stetson and Spurs Youth Group for the Preston area and is active in a community garden plot where he donates the produce to the food bank and seniors community. He also finds the time to coach hockey and baseball and serves on the executive committee for both sports in his community.

Cpl. Byard is a dedicated and enthusiastic police officer who has shown tremendous initiative in community involvement. His efforts in the community are unparalleled and have had a profound impact on youth-police relationships.