Security from Qatar to the Cariboo

Quesnel’s becoming a safer place, thanks to Mark Connolly, of Comark Security Services.

Mark Connolly is now offering security services in Quesnel.

Connolly, originally from the United Kingdom, has recently relocated his family to Quesnel, where he has settled with his wife and son after working everywhere from the United Kingdom to Qatar.

He started his career in security with the British Merchant Navy.

“I was instructing Special Forces going to Northern Ireland,” Connolly said.

“I worked on the Princess Cruises and that’s where I met my wife.”

From there, they decided to move to Vancouver, to settle down somewhat.

“I had enough of going to sea because you work six months at a time offshore,” Connolly explained.

Once in Vancouver, Connolly joined a security company and quickly worked his way up.

“I started as a guard but worked my way up to being an instructor,” he said.

“I did some private investigating, body guarding, then worked as an operations branch manager.”

After some time in Vancouver, Connolly relocated to Calgary.

“I transferred with the same company to Calgary as their operations manager, managing large accounts,” he explained.

In 2006, Connolly moved once again.

But this time, he was headed to the Middle East.

“The country is very oil and gas rich,” Connolly said.

“While I was there, my duties were operational.

“I provided security for visiting heads of state, such as the Prince of Wales, the Prime Minister of Iceland, the President of South Africa, the Emir of Qatar and

the Emir of the United Arab Emirates.”

It was in Qatar that Connolly had his favourite, albeit most challenging, experience.

“During a visit from the South Korean president, everything they wanted to do security-wise was down to the second,” Connolly said with a chuckle.

“It was a logistical nightmare trying to do access control for 176,000 people plus dealing with traffic issues as well, I think that was a highlight.”

Although this was a great opportunity for Connolly career-wise, he decided with his wife to move back to Canada.

“In 2010, my wife and I decided to move back to Canada,” Connolly explained.

“My wife was born and raised here.”

Now that he’s established himself in Quesnel, Connolly has started doing security for local businesses.

“I was a bit over qualified for basic security work and not qualified at all for forestry driven employment,” he said.

“Last year, I started to create my own job and as of January, I’ve picked up the contracts for the hospital, West Park Mall and Extra Foods.

“Things are going great.”

For more information, call Connolly, 250-414-9100 or e-mail,


Just Posted

Forestry Hockey League: Serenity continues to dominate while BCS snoozes

Steve Dodge updates us on the FHL happenings in weeks eight and nine

Three locals win big at Moonlight Madness

Local shopping night saw three residents win exciting prize packages

PHOTOS: cedar swag workshop a hit at Wells Winter Kick Off

Wells locals and visitors created some festive decor at the weekend event

City of Quesnel hosts public hearing on potential recreational cannabis store

The meeting takes place tonight in City Council chambers

VIDEO: B.C. legislature clerk, sergeant at arms suspended for criminal investigation

Clerk of the House Craig James, Sergeant-at-arms Gary Lenz on administrative leave

Former NHL player and coach Dan Maloney dies at 68

Maloney coached the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets

Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar

Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police during an investigation

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

Police aim to prevent retaliation after Hells Angel found dead under B.C. bridge

IHIT confirms Chad Wilson, 43, was the victim of a ‘targeted’ homicide

Otter makes a snack out of koi fish in Vancouver Chinese garden

Staff say the otter has eaten at least five fish

B.C. lumber mills struggle with shortage of logs, price slump

Signs of recovery after U.S. market swings, industry executive says

25% of Canadians still won’t say they use pot, survey says

Statistics Canada poll says Canadians on average were 18.9 years old when they first tried pot.

Canucks’ 50/50 jackpot expected to surpass $1 million

The guaranteed prize for one lucky winner will be $500,000 minimum when Vancouver hosts LA Nov 27

Most Read