CPO1 Line Laurendeau: Loves the adventure of an RCN career

Navy News / March 8, 2021

Chief Petty Officer 1st Class (CPO1) Line Laurendeau is originally from Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, located on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in the Chaudière-Appalaches region of Quebec. She joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) over 27 years ago to make a difference.

“I love adventure and travel, and the RCN allows me to do both while making a difference at home and abroad,” she says.

Currently CPO1 Laurendeau is employed at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, B.C., as the Base Administration Branch Chief.

“My role is very important at my unit. I have the opportunity to mentor our future leaders, supporting the unit and be exposed to an environment that I have not yet been exposed thus far in my career.”

For her diligence, loyalty and dedication she was appointed to the Order of Military Merit in 2014.

A Sonar Operator by trade, CPO1 Laurendeau has not only mastered her profession but also served the RCN in many other capacities such as: recruit instructor, area Cadet advisor, training coordinator and chief SONAR operator at Canadian Fleet Pacific.

When asked about her biggest challenge during her career, CPO1 Laurendeau has this to say:

“My biggest challenge was to adjust to a new work environment, where I had to learn to communicate in English while performing my duties. Furthermore, being new to Victoria helped me to meet new friends and co-workers.”

To overcome this challenge, she turned to her colleagues for support.

“I asked my co-workers to help me with the new terms in order to enable me to perform my duties, which helped me establish new friendships. I always look at a challenge as a personal goal. If you want something bad enough, anything is possible for you.”

According to CPO1 Laurendeau, the best part about being with the RCN is “the friendship and the opportunity that are offered to you.”

CPO1 Laurendeau has served the RCN for almost three decades, and has had several memorable experiences, including being selected as the RCN sentry at the National War Memorial in Ottawa in 2004.

“Representing my element as a young sailor 1st class in front of the country on national TV was a life event that I will never forget; standing for the veterans that had given their lives for us, for Canada.”

CPO1 Laurendeau is a proud to be part of the group that “participated in the first-ever Women’s Hockey National in 2000 in the CAF.”

“I was fortunate to be part of the hockey team that made history for CFB Esquimalt winning the gold (2004) and silver (2005).”

Outside the RCN, CPO1 Laurendeau is devotes her time to physical fitness, coaching and being highly involved in her community.

“I enjoy playing, coaching and officiating hockey, and spending time at the gym. I love to give back to my community through various volunteer organizations including the St. John’s Therapy Dog program and various children and youth associations.”

She explains that a job with the RCN is versatile and unique.

“If you are seeking new adventures, chances to learn new skill sets while representing your country, the RCN will provide you opportunities that you probably will not be offered outside the organization.”