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A friendly welcome

Provincial Government building Commissionaire Dave Chamberlain knows most of our names.

"People like the sound of their name," the affable commissionaire says. "I work hard to try to remember them."

When he isn't fly-fishing or listening to his four grandkids sing at mass at the Basilica every Friday night, the son of a Maritime music legend can be found in the halls of the PAB, making sure things are in order.

He enjoys helping people find their way through the labyrinth of halls and putting names to the faces of the people he works to keep safe.

Before he donned the commissionaire's uniform, Chamberlain spent his career surrounded by music.

It's in his blood.

His father was Charlie Chamberlain, fiddler and featured entertainer on Don Messer's Jubilee. He spent his entire career as a radio station manager in Ontario, New Brunswick and PEI. Chamberlain's three children are musicians. His daughter married Haywire frontman Dave Rashed and their four kids are musicians who sing at the Notre Dame Basilica every Friday night mass.

He and his wife Jean, an operating room nurse, always wanted to get back to PEI to retire. Working as a commissionaire keeps him busy and social.

"Everybody here is great," he says.

There are 20,000 commissionaires across the country, 1,000 in the New Brunswick/P.E.I. division. Most are retired Canadian Forces or RCMP.

Look for more profiles of commissionaires in future editions of Public Service Matters.

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