Base Administration’s MCpl Kim Draper


2Lt Jamie Boparai
Base Administration

To find Master Corporal Kim Draper, one has to take the stairwell into the basement of Nelles Block.

With a team of two military and two civilian members, she manages Nelles Block Stores, a supply warehouse that supports the residents and employees that live and work in the accommodations building.

They procure, store, and distribute everything from linen and mattresses, to tables and chairs, clocks and lamps, and pens and pencils.

“It takes a special type of person to conduct the job requirements of Block Stores. You have to be happy, friendly, and courteous to customers. What I like most about my job is the people. Not just my co-workers, but the residents as well.”

Nelles Block houses primarily junior non-commissioned members coming straight from basic training at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School to take their trade training at Naval Fleet School (Pacific).

“When members arrive they are required to sign for all items in their room and confirm that they are in a suitable condition,” explains MCpl Draper.

If there is a problem or if anything is missing her team will replace the item and procure more if supply runs short. Weekly linen exchange is also a function of Block Stores.

Her path to Nelles Block began in 2005 when she joined the Canadian Armed Forces  as a Supply Technician in the army. Supply Techs are a purple trade, meaning they can be employed within the land, sea, and air operating environments despite the element they belong to.

In many cases, it is essential to gain experience in all three environments for professional development and career progression purposes. MCpl Draper achieved this goal with her posting to CFB Esquimalt in 2018.

Upon arrival to CFB Esquimalt, she was posted to Base Logistics in a customer service position; interacting with clients is something she likes to do. The position also afforded her time to improve her English.

“English is my second language, so I wanted an opportunity to better my communication skills. I still find it challenging, but I continue to work hard and improve myself.”

The role of supply tech is far more than handing out items. It requires attention to detail for record keeping, inventory control, repair and disposal, loan procedures, and budget management. All skills she has developed over her 15 years.

However, her work has changed significantly with the outbreak of COVID-19.

“Not more than four people can work at a time, and not more than one customer is allowed to enter our area at a time. Wearing masks in the laundry room is also a must to keep our residents safe.”

When the COVID environment returns to normal, she hopes to deploy on a frigate and have a truly navy experience.


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