|PATRICK W. MEIKLE
REGIMENTAL NUMBER - 22787
Patrick is a former member of the RCMP Security Service who specialized in domestic intelligence and human source
He trained in Regina, where
his Troop, H-62/63", had the distinction of graduating with a full compliment of 32, evidently one of the
first since the war. He was posted to Prince George, B.C. where he purchased his discharge in early 1964, to try
the Oblate priesthood. After about a year and a half, he re-joined the force and was posted to HQ as a "retread"
and served in exciting Central Registry. During his time in HQ, he wrote his first magazine piece, for the RCMP
His "Centennial" project was to return to the field, which he did in 1967, to Yorkton, Sask.
During his posting in Yorkton, he received an "F" Division (Saskatchewan) Commanding Officer's commendation
for engaging an armed man in conversation until his office colleagues were able to disarm the person.
"The barrel of that rifle looked as big as a canon", he said afterwards as it pointed to him over the
In 1970, after about six years of police service, he joined the Security Service and was posted to "A"
Division, just in time for the FLQ Crisis... "Just watch me!", said Trudeau.
1971 saw a four-year posting to Sudbury, then back to HQ (1975) for a little over four years, running the "Quebec
desk" in "L" Ops (human source development) and instructing the "L" Ops portion of training
to new members of the Security Service. In 1979, the great white north beckoned and he was off to Yellowknife for
a year. (He thought Sudbury was the largest geographical area covered by a member of the sec-serv... try Yellowknife...
the whole NWT! He'd tell you what he did, but then he'd have to kill you!)
Back to Ottawa in 1980 to finish off his service in domestic intelligence. The writing bug took over about 1981
and he sold his first magazine article in 1982. He took a 20-year pension out of HQ in February 1984 to pursue
writing and editing. As that career developed he worked as a freelance writer, councillor assistant to various
City of Ottawa councillors, keyboard musician, community newspaper and housing newspaper editor, and finally as
a staff writer/editor for Ottawa's transit company, OC Transpo.
Around 1997, Patrick and his partner Monique Lussier,
(an ex-RCMP Civilian Member herself, C/2332), combined their talents for writing, editing and translation, to start
a home-based communications firm, specializing in translation (English-to-French). After a couple of years, when
they named their business Anabel Associates, after their golden retriever, their business took off.
As a writer/editor a few of his interests include newspapers, magazines, journalism, music, current affairs/politics,
computing, Internet, persons with disabilities, environment, police, national security and intelligence, federal
and municipal government and public transit.
For over 20 years he has contributed to the Ottawa writing community as an executive and member-at-large of several
writing organizations as well as offering Web page writing resources and an ongoing Internet mailing list (listserv)
to over 300 professional writers and wannabes. He is also a former board member of the National
For 15 years, he taught Freelance Writing with the Ottawa-Carleton School Board, Internet subjects with the Internet Institute and Algonquin College, and for five years was
an online news editor for Monitor (computer) Magazine. He wrote
a weekly column in his community newspaper Vision (Rockland, Ontario)and is the editor
of a community news Web site called the Canaan Connexion (http://www.canaanconnexion.ca).
He and his partner, Monique Lussier, operated Anabel Associates, a communications and
translation (English-to-French) service until her passing.
He is now the sole proprietor.
In 2004, Patrick took on a new challenge, Associate Editor of two magazines: Frontline
- which offers a forum for intelligent analysis of issues relating to Canada's uniformed services. (Defence-Security-
Policing); and Executive - Canada's forum for senior executives. In early February 2004,
the Frontline position took him for a five-day fact-finding trip to Finland.
In 2005 because of the demanding pressures of a growing translation business, Patrick "retired" from
most writing interests to become the full-time administrator with Anabel Associates.
It was about this time that he was also a member of the National Press Club. More recently,
because of Monique's illness, he devoted most of his
time to caring for his spouse and partner. (He often writes in the third person ;-)
At home in Ottawa with partner, Monique