POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 9 Therefore, on January 1, 1969, Joe resigned from the Halifax Police Department to dedicate his full attention to the association and its members. Very few of his fellow officers in Nova Scotia were ever aware that for the first few years of its existence, the Police Association of Nova Scotia was able to function only because of Joe's dedication and his willingness to wait for pay cheques that were often a few months late in arriving and his "forgetfulness" when it came to submitting expense claims. Almost from the time Joe became involved in the policing profession, he campaigned to have legislative changes made which would extend to police officers the same rights enjoyed by other trades and professions. When these changes finally occurred, largely through Joe's efforts, it was he who led the charge to bring Nova Scotia police officers into a new era of respectability and professionalization. It is fair to say that police labour movements throughout Canada were pretty much in their infancy in the early 1960's with the Canadian Police Association just beginning to grow from a foundation in Western Canada. By this time, Joe had been elected as President of the Halifax Police Association and he lost no time in bringing Halifax into the national association. In 1967, Joe was elected President of the CPA and served in that office in 1967 and 1968. It is interesting to note that even in 2008, 40 years later, there has still never been another President of CPA from east of Ontario. Joe continued to sit as a board member of the CPA for 40 years, many of which were spent in executive positions responsible for sound fiscal management of the organization. His interest and dedication were also major factors in the erection and dedication of the Canadian Police Memorial Pavilion on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Being thoroughly convinced that the future of policing demanded that officers of all ranks become more professional, Joe made a significant contribution to the professionalization of Atlantic Canadian police officers, serving on the Advisory Council to the Atlantic Police Academy, where his common-sense approach and foresightedness were greatly appreciated and his contributions well received. As one reads through the foregoing, it would indeed be easy to imagine Joe Ross as a rather one-dimensional person, dedicated solely to professionalization of police officers, but nothing could be further from the truth. Joe has also become a major figure in Nova Scotia as a business and property owner. Of all that he has achieved, Joe is most proud of what may be his greatest accomplishment - along with his late wife, he raised eight children, including two sets of twins. All of these young people are successful business operators, thanks to the guidance and support, both moral and financial, provided by their parents. There is very little in Joe's community which does not bear at least a bit of his stamp as he has left his mark on almost everything he ever became involved in, from property owners associations to minor and junior hockey teams, and everything in between. If Joe saw anything that needed fixing or changed, he quickly took up the challenge but did so while ensuring that all of his obligations to family, friends, co-workers and community continued to be met. If one were to sum up Joe Ross' life, it could be done in very few words. He has always been an honest man with an amazing capacity for work and getting things done without hurting anyone. If Joe Ross shakes your hand, you have a deal, and it will always be a deal that works for both parties. It was, and continues to be, on this basis that Joe applies his efforts in the business world and in the police labour movement. In 2007, as he reached the end Mr. Ross and his partner, Aline Young, at the Canadian Police Associationʼs Hall of Honour Ceremony, displaying his award upon being inducted into the Canadian Police Association Hall of Honour. (continued...) (...J.W. “Joe” Ross continued)