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Cst. Bryan Bowskill, the latest addition to the Flin Flon RCMP, is upbeat about beginning his life's work in Northern Manitoba. "I couldn't ask for a better place to start my career," said the native of Brandon. "I love to play hockey, and the outdoors is where I enjoy a lot of my hobbies, from fishing to mountain-biking." Cst. Bowskill, who arrived at his first posting earlier this month, commended his co-workers for making his transition easier. "The people I work with are great with regards to helping me from the get-go of my career to helping me with little things like showing me where the grocery store is," he said. At 21, Cst. Bowskill is among the youngest police officers in Canada, and he hopes to use that to his advantage. "I feel my age can allow me to relate to young people," he said. "In any community, if you have a younger role model type person, it definitely helps." Becoming a police officer is the fulfillment of Cst. Bowskill's lifelong dream to follow his father into the police ranks. "For as long as I can remember, I wanted to get into this profession," he commented. "I've kind of grown up in the force." Cst. Bowskill had high hopes after graduating from the RCMP Academy late last month, and his new job hasn't disappointed. "Every day is different," he commented. "You get to, at times, go home thinking that you made a difference, and not very many careers out there are so different from day-to-day. You never do the same thing twice here. You never know what's going to be around the corner." No stranger to Northern Manitoba, Cst. Bowskill spent a total of eight years in Leaf Rapids, Churchill and Pukatawagan when his recently-retired father was still in the force. Having spent more than a third of his life in the North, it's no surprise that Cst. Bowskill has developed a strong passion for hockey. The former centre for the AAA Antler River Devils in southwestern Manitoba has already made it out to a couple of Bomber games and is quickly warming up to the Maroon and White. "I would like to be more involved with the Bombers once I'm more settled in to the community, whether it be on the Bomber board or what have you," he said. Looking ahead, Cst. Bowskill hopes to eventually be involved with the drug section of undercover operations within the RCMP.