On Friday, March 11, more than 65 colleagues, past and present, friends and family, gathered at the Logan Lake Fire Hall to honor Judy Maggs at a surprise retirement lunch.

She began her career with the RCMP detachment on January 5, 1981 and, through all the posting changes that have occurred, has remained the one constant offering a strong foundation for the organization.

Following the buffet lunch and a time to socialize over coffee, guests were invited to step forward to share “Judy” memories. Although the words may have been different, the thoughts and feelings of the speakers were reflections of Judy’s unfailing effort to both encourage and support the RCMP officers posted to Logan Lake.

The comments of Detachment Commander, Cpl. Ken Walcott summarized the shared emotion in the room saying:

“When I arrived here in July, 2008, I felt like I was being given the keys to a car that I didn’t quite know how to drive. But, like anyone else learning to drive, I was comforted by the thought of having Judy in the passenger seat to lend support in so many different ways. Her value to this detachment is incalculable and we’ll miss her greatly.”

Speeches were followed by the presentation of gifts, one of which was a watch from the members of the Logan Lake detachment engraved with Judy’s name and NFAR( No Further Action Required) which is placed on an RCMP file when a case successfully concludes. Although it wasn’t the typical gold retirement watch, for Judy, its worth is obviously priceless and this quote is an apt reflection of her contribution to the detachment.

“A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipient has given up so many of her golden hours in a lifetime of service,” Judy said.

Judy will now have to deal with the situation identified by former basketball coach, Abe Lemons, who said, “the trouble with retirement is that you never get a day of.” Logan Lake thanks you, Judy, for your exemplary service, and we hope your retirement will be a long, healthy and happy one!