CFB Esquimalt is Canada’s naval base on the West Coast. It is part of the Maritime Command (Navy) element of the Canadian Forces. The Base Commander exercises administrative control over the personnel and units assigned to other commanding officers. He is responsible for the provision of support services, not only to integral and lodger units, but to all Maritime Forces Pacific (MARPAC) ships and the Queen’s Harbour Master (QHM). He is also the landlord for CFB Esquimalt’s 12,000 acres and 1,500 buildings. The base is made up of six branches: Executive, Base Administration, Base Information Services, Base Logistics, Formation Safety and Environment and Port Operations.
CFB Esquimalt Vision, Mission and Values Statements
The Base Commander CFB Esquimalt identifies four principles that guide the activities of the Base.
- Mission first
- People always
CFB Esquimalt contributes to operational capability and provides services, support and people to Maritime and Canadian Forces operations.
CFB Esquimalt will be a world-class Naval Base committed to service excellence. Our Defence Team will be safe, healthy, dedicated, capable and vigilant in their stewardship of resources. We will have the infrastructure that meets the needs of those we support. CFB Esquimalt will take an important role in our communities and will set the standard for environmental sustainability. We are ready to support the changing face and modernization of the Navy and the Canadian Forces.
- Respect: We are supportive, inclusive, courteous and fair – affirming the dignity and self worth of every person.
- Integrity: We demonstrate ethical conduct at all times and at all levels. We make decisions in ways that are transparent and that inspire trust, understanding and confidence.
- Accountability: We take responsibility for our decisions, actions and professional competence.
- Teamwork: We work together towards success in our mission in collaboration with, our business partners, our communities, and our clients.
- Service Excellence: We are proud of our work and are results oriented while committed to quality and continuous improvement.
The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy
The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) is comprised of 35 professional full-time musicians whose primary role within the RCN is to support Naval Operations, ceremonial events, and generate public awareness, helping to facilitate a greater understanding of the role the RCN serves in protecting Canadian interests at home and abroad.
Over the past 75 years, the Naden Band has established and maintained a reputation of presenting audiences at home and abroad with musical performances of the highest calibre, while taking pride in making a difference within the communities it serves.
Under the direction of Lieutenant (N) Matthew Clark (CD), the band performs in a variety of large and small ensembles ranging from symphonic concert band, marching band, jazz band, Dixieland band, rock and contemporary ensembles as well as brass and woodwind quintets.
Within the RCN, the Naden Band performs a number of ceremonial duties such as parades (Remembrance Day, Battle of Atlantic, Changes of Command), ship departures and arrivals, and military dinners. The band’s presence at such events helps to preserve naval customs and traditions while heightening morale and esprit de corps.
Musical support is integral to many Governmental functions including the opening of the Provincial Legislature, official visits from heads of state, and other events in which the Lieutenant Governor, Prime Minister of Canada, Governor General of Canada or the Royal Family are present.
The Naden Band strives to serve as a role model within the local community by using music as a means to make positive change in the lives of others. In addition to supporting the Military Family Resource Centre and the United Way Government Workplace Charitable Campaign, the band maintains a number of community partnerships and outreach programs, including local music Cadets Corps and educational school concerts. The band has recently engaged in meaningful musical collaborations in the Greater Victoria Area including concerts with the University of Victoria’s School of Music and the Victoria Philharmonic Choir.
Esquimalt MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre)
In 1991, the Department of National Defence officially recognized the important contributions military families make to the Canadian Forces. It established the Military Family Support Program, and authorized the creation of Military Family Resource Centres at each Canadian Forces installation. Today, the Esquimalt MFRC is one of 43 MFRCs located in Canada and abroad. Like all MFRCs, we are a community-based organization with the sole responsibility of addressing the needs of the military family.
The Esquimalt MFRC is a registered charitable organization. Our charitable tax number is 138070578 RR0001.
A proud, resilient military family thriving in a dynamic and supportive community.
To enhance resilience in military families through provision of programs and services that serve, involve and advocate for the military community and their families and address the unique challenges of the military family lifestyle and will result in enhanced quality of life and enable military operations.
We believe our first responsibility is to the military community and their families. In meeting their needs, everything we do must be done with integrity and respect. We will strive to ensure all will be treated in a confidential, non-judgmental manner that respects individuality and provides equal treatment for all. We must serve our clients promptly and in a way that encourages personal empowerment. It is our core belief that families matter.
We are responsive to the Commander of Maritime Forces Pacific, Base Commander and the Directorate of Military Family Services whom we work with as equal partners. We will strive to build a greater understanding of our role and ensure our partners are fully informed about the organization and the community that we serve. We must be accountable through our actions and demonstrate our commitment, integrity and uniqueness. We must keep them informed through respectful and honest communication. Their guidance and support is important to our success.
Our commitment is to progress as a learning organization: an organization that uses tools to think and learn together, communicate and cooperate. We will foster these activities at all levels. We will work to empower all those involved to develop, learn, create, seek excellence and reflect so they continually increase their capacity to produce results they really care about.
Esquimalt PSP (Personnel Support Services)
We bring Morale & Welfare to life through: Fitness, Health Promotion, Recreation, Sponsorship, and Sports programs, and our Lookout newspaper.
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For general enquiries, please call:
Naden Athletic Centre Kiosk 250-363-5677
Personnel Support Programs
PO Box 17000, Stn Forces
Victoria, BC V9A 7N2
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