Longtime media man appointed as citizenship judge in Victoria

Gerry Pash has worn many hats in his decades-long career

New citizenship judge Gerry Pash has spent time in broadcasting as well as with the military reserves.

A former radio broadcaster, naval reserve officer, military spokesperson and longtime volunteer can now add the role of citizenship judge to his impressive resume.

Saanich resident Gerald Pash will soon retire from his current post as a member of the public affairs team at Maritime Forces Pacific headquarters at CFB Esquimalt to take on a completely new set of responsibilities.

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney’s office announced the appointment June 27.

For the next three years, on a part-time basis, Pash will be responsible for making decisions about citizenship applications, presiding over citizenship ceremonies and administering the oath of citizenship to new Canadians.

“In some ways it is an extension of my career in broadcasting and as a public affairs advisor,” Pash said in a statement.

Pash worked for 27 years in radio broadcasting, eventually working at the military base for 22 years. He is a retired lieutenant-commander who had a long career as a naval reservist in the Canadian Forces.

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