At 80, the dean of the SPVM is not thinking about retirement


The Montreal police doyen celebrated his 80th birthday this week, nearly half of them in the police force. He says he’s not retiring anytime soon.

“I always have something to do. I like it, I don’t know what I would do at home,” says Céline Archambault, employee of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM).

Her colleagues at the Montreal Court Liaison Office threw a small party this week in honor of Ms. Archambault. She who is nicknamed “mom” by many then blew out her 80 candles.

“We all want to have a Céline on our team,” says her colleague, employee Nathalie Sénécal.

After joining the SPVM in 1985, then the Montreal Urban Community Police Service, Ms. Archambault went to court in 2004.

Michel Deland, Nathalie Sénécal and Josée Brisson paid tribute to their colleague Céline Archambault.

Photo Martin Alarie

Michel Deland, Nathalie Sénécal and Josée Brisson paid tribute to their colleague Céline Archambault.

Since then she has worked there as an office clerk, mainly in quality control.

“Madame Céline processes, on average, between 1,000 and 1,500 documents per week. It is quite astounding,” says her team leader, Josée Brisson.

“It’s a war machine!” Spontaneously throws Lieutenant-detective Michel Deland.

Josée Brisson agrees.

“You kill two people’s work. The whole time she is here, she counts, selects…” she says.

Confirmed absence

When Ms. Archambault had to take a year off due to a broken hip, her colleagues were able to see how indispensable her work was.

“We missed her when she left. That’s when you realize how much it lightens our workload,” says Ms Brisson.

“My God, he found it difficult to stay at home! she says.

When he returned to work, the court offered him covered parking, very close to the elevators.

“She’s the only employee, aside from the lieutenant, who has a parking space. And the lieutenant is out! laughs Mrs. Brisson.

Madame Archambault, nicknamed “the queen of the palace”, has only been driving for five years.

She decided to take driving lessons when her husband’s health deteriorated, no longer allowing him to use the car.

“She is tenacious. Three times she returned [faire son examen de conduite] be successful,” says Nathalie Sénécal.

Retirement ?

For Ms. Archambault, who has lived in Tétreaultville for 57 years, there is no pension.

So much so that her son, an employee of the City of Montreal, risks leaving his job before her.

“My son will retire next year. But I, if I’m still there next year, will be at work,” says the new octogenarian.

The secret of its longevity?

“Love for the job, even the people I work with. We all get along very well. Can’t ask for better. I don’t know when I’ll stop, I’ll call you ”, she concludes with a laugh.

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