Bloomfield students show appreciation to liaison officer

Eric McCarthy
Published on June 18, 2014
Constable Renee Michiels chats with Bloomfield Elementary School students, from left, Maddy Cornish, Courtney McBride and Abi Gallant during a noon picnic at the school. Michiels has been the liaison officer at Bloomfield for the three years she's been with the West prince RCMP Detachment. She leaves for Ontario next month. Students and staff recently held a thank you party for an officer they've known as a friend.
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BLOOMFIELD -- Students and staff from Bloomfield Elementary School held a thank you and going away party for their school-RCMP liaison officer, Const. Renee Michiels recently, and only because the school year is drawing to a close.
It doesn’t mean Const. Michiels is pulling up stakes right away though.

There’s still the matter of the school’s new playground equipment. As a mother of two children attending the school and as a Home and School member along with being liaison officer, Michiels took on a key role in fundraising for the equipment and she is intent on seeing the project through to its completion.

The new equipment, she said during a school picnic, is supposed to be ready for installation July 5. She plans to help make it happen.

“She has helped us out with everything,” principal Andrew Stewart said to students and staff during Michiels’ special day. That, he said, has included the school breakfast program, giving talks on Halloween and Internet safety and drug awareness, taking students on tours of the RCMP detachment and in working with Home and School and on the playground fundraising.

“I think she has become a friend to all of us,” the principal added.

Representatives from each class presented the RCMP officer, who will be posted to Ontario next month, with stacks of thank you cards and there were special songs in her honour sung by staff and by students.

A Maurice Bernard painting of the Mill River scene from the officer’s home, presented as a parting gift, was signed with the message, “May a part of your heart always be on the Island.”

Graduating student MacKenzie Perry said he appreciated how the officer visited them at school often and Kayla Paugh suggested she probably knew the names of all the students at Bloomfield. “She’s very nice; she’s always doing things for our school,” Paugh commented.

Stewart said the liaison officer even make a special visit to the school the day after the tragic shooting in Moncton to assure students they were safe.

Michiels was school liaison officer at Bloomfield for the three years she was with the West Prince RCMP detachment. As the special assembly broke up many students waited in line to give the constable a parting hug.