Windsor RCMP officer wins leadership award

Ashley Thompson
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Sgt. Leanne Macdonald, of the Windsor RCMP, received the Atlantic Women in Law Award for Leadership. 

A Windsor RCMP member is one of four Nova Scotia-based officers to win a 2013 Atlantic Women in Law award.

Sgt. Leanne Macdonald, operations NCO for the Windsor District RCMP, recently received the Atlantic Women in Law Award for Leadership.

Macdonald, the direct supervisor of 22 employees, says news that Staff Sgt. Dan Austin, district commander of the Windsor RCMP, nominated her for the award — and she actually won — came as a pleasant surprise.

“You do your job every day because it’s your job,” she said. “It is my job to provide direction and guidance, so to be recognized for the work I have done is a great feeling.”

The win may have surprised Macdonald, but it came as no shock to Austin.

He says the only challenge he had in nominating Macdonald for the leadership award was condensing all of his praise into just three pages.

“I think she is probably one of the top operationsNCOsin the province,” he said.

“As the district commander I am very fortunate to have this lady sitting here.”

Macdonald, originally of Cooks Brook, Nova Scotia, began her career in policing nearly 22 years ago. As a new recruit, she had no idea she would later become the first African Nova Scotian female hired by the RCMP in Nova Scotia and the first black female to be promoted to the rank of corporal in Canada.

Whether she’s in her office reviewing the details of a difficult case, working alongside her colleagues in the community or at home with her two children, Macdonald is determined to be a positive role model for others.

“I very much believe in leading by example,” she said.

At ages four and nine, her children already have a thorough understanding of right and wrong, and a somewhat exaggerated idea of what their mother does for a living. 

“They think that anybody that’s doing something wrong gets thrown in jail by Mommy,” Macdonald joked.

It’s impossible to predict how a day on the job will unfold. Plans change instantaneously, regardless of how demanding Macdonald’s schedule may be.

Macdonald says aspiring police officers should obey the law, concentrate in school, focus on fitness and know the job is outright terrifying at times.

“You have to be prepared for the inevitable scary call. We don’t have the luxury of opting out of things. You don’t have the option to not attend a motor vehicle accident. You don’t have the option to not go and arrest the guy that’s twice your size.”

It’s a tough profession without question, but Macdonald says she is proud to serve the public as a member of the RCMP.

“I love the community. I love people.”


Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Canada, Windsor Hants County West Hants Windsor District RCMP Cooks Brook, Nova Scotia

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Recent comments

  • john tiscornia
    January 15, 2014 - 16:41

    no surprise to me i knew she had it in her

  • maryannanthony
    January 09, 2014 - 17:47

    leanne you went a long way scene liverpool way to go marred and two childs i was to leave you know how we made out we did not make are 20th on march 13th he passed away i thouth i would leave you know i am glad for the award you gut and that you made sgt.

  • Lou Isenor
    January 07, 2014 - 14:41

    Bravo Leanne. I always knew you were bound for greatness :-)

  • Michael Higgins
    December 30, 2013 - 09:15

    Congradulations Leanne, I often wondered where you went to , knowing you were within the RCMP, you were never forgotten. All The Best M H

  • Leah Rissesco
    December 28, 2013 - 19:15

    Truly an inspiration to the youth of our community. The only real boundaries are the ones we set in our own minds. Congratulations!

  • Catherine West
    December 28, 2013 - 11:45

    Congratulations Leanne.

  • Marlene Belliveau
    December 27, 2013 - 11:49

    The Paradis/Belliveau family would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Leanne MacDonald. Job well done and worth recognition!

  • Eileen Tiscornia
    December 27, 2013 - 10:28


  • Sharon Willisko & Robert McKenzie
    December 27, 2013 - 10:26

    Way to go Leanne, Congratulation's! You forgot to mention dealing with people like me that refuses to let go. However, I got what I wanted in the end...he was arrested & charged.

  • john tiscornia
    December 27, 2013 - 10:23