On June 28th, 2013 a Port Alberni Mountie fulfilled a lifelong wish of a local senior citizen by visiting her at the Ty Watson hospice house.
The nursing staff contacted Cst. Scott Macleod after learning that their 88 year old patient, Jenny Stewart, had always wanted to meet a Mountie dressed in their formal Red Serge uniform.
Jenny saw her first RCMP Officer dressed in his Red Serge in 1938, at the Empire Exhibition in Edinburgh, Scotland.
She was 11-years-old and she remembers that as the moment which sealed her decision to one day become a resident of Canada.
That dream became a reality one day in 1945 when she married a Canadian soldier in Scotland, and 6 months later sailed on the Aquitania to Halifax Nova Scotia.
While sipping tea with Jenny, Cst. Macleod listened with great interest as she talked about her late husband and their life together in their newly adopted homeland.
Photographs were taken to mark this exciting moment in Jenny’s life, and both she and Cst. Macleod smiled proudly in every photograph.
As Cst. Macleod left Ty Watson House hours later, he marveled once again at the impact his iconic and historical red uniform continues to have on Canadians and those around the world.