Welcome to the Garrison Community Council of London and Region
In 2000, a group of concerned citizens from the London, Ontario area, got together to examine the effects of military force reduction and base closures on the local community. They discovered that, despite the longevity of the military presence within their communities, there was a lack of connection with and awareness of the overall contribution the military community made to their local area; and the important role the Canadian Forces played in representing Canadian values and interests at home and abroad. In addition to the obvious loss in payroll revenues and operating expenses, they noted the loss of significant intangibles from the community; all of which affected the leadership, expertise and dedication to community service exposed by the military community.
To bridge this disconnect, they brought together community leaders and professionals from various service groups, associations, educational institutions, government, emergency services, as well as interested individuals and the military community, to form Canada’s first Garrison Community Council. The Community Council concept originated with Col Tom Lawson. It was modelled on, and mentored by, the Selfridge Base Community Council in Detroit. Commanding Officers, Honorary Colonels and Senate members from HMCS Prevost, 1st Hussars, The Elgins, 4th Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment and 22nd (London) Service Battalion with input from the Chief of Staff, 31 Brigade Headquarters, all contributed to the process that created the Garrison Community Council.
Although the motto of the GCC-London & Area is “Supporting Canada’s Military” the results of their efforts have proven to be for the mutual benefit of all participants and the extended community at large.
GCC Mission Statement:
To build greater understanding and support of the Canadian Forces within the civilian community.