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.

emccracken@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Sidney bank robbery suspect also sought in connect to Abbotsford robbery

Lucas Daryl Bradwell, 28, is known to frequent the Lower Mainland but is believed to be on Vancouver Island

More ideas come forward for Victoria’s Centennial Square

Ideas from over 1,400 residents are being presented to council

RCMP confirm foul play in death of 60-year-old Metchosin man

Police believe crime an isolated incident

Greater Victoria group helps low-income, at-risk seniors stay safe

Victoria chapter of 100+ Women Who Care donate $30,300 to Eldercare Foundation

VIDEO: Dashcam video captures moment Victoria cyclist struck

Police seeking cyclist captured in video

Nine kittens and cats rescued after being locked in bins in northern B.C.: SPCA

SPCA says cats were starving, and matted with feces and urine

High-speed rail link would run from Vancouver to Seattle in under 1 hour: study

Annual ridership is projected to exceed three million

ICBC insurance renewals get more complicated this year

Crash history, driver risk prompt more reporting requirements

B.C. man dies from rabies after contact with Vancouver Island bat

Last known case of human rabies in B.C. was 16 years ago

U.S. tug firm to be sentenced for 2016 spill in B.C. First Nation’s territory

The Nathan E. Stewart spilled 110,000 litres of diesel and heavy oils in October 2016

Asylum figures show overall slower rate of irregular crossings into Canada

Between January and June 2019, a total of 6,707 asylum seekers crossed irregularly into Canada

Wolves not gnawing into Island’s prey population

Forestry practices, not predation, blamed for reduced numbers in prey animals

Youth seen with gun at Nanaimo mall, suspect now in custody

Woodgrove Centre shut down during police incident

Most Read