Being a Girl, by Abby Court

The Court Family was honoured to attend an awards ceremony at the Turner Valley Legion on May 11th where Abby was awarded second place for her Junior Essay submitted for the annual Remembrance Day Literary Contest. We are pleased to share it with you, below:

Being a Girl
by Abby Court

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms outlines rights for Canadians. This means that Canadians have freedom of religion, and freedom of expression, the right to vote and to be educated in one of Canada’s official languages. Other countries aren’t so lucky, such as Afghanistan.

I recently read “The Breadwinner” by Deborah Ellis. Parvana, the main character is a young eleven-year-old girl. She lives in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city.  As a result of Parvana’s father being arrested, the family is left without somebody to make money, because women are forbidden to work.  Parvana must dress like a boy in order to make money for her family.  In the story Parvana was disrespected because she was a girl and the Taliban didn’t think girls deserved to go to school.  They made her feel ashamed because she wasn’t allowed out of the house without a man.  Parvana and her mother were beaten with sticks until they fell to the ground.  This made me feel sad and made me want to stop reading the book because of how women were treated.

The things that happened to Parvana in “The Breadwinner” happen everyday to women in Afghanistan.

I am a Canadian girl.  How would I feel if I were in Parvana’s position?  Woman should have the right earn money and go to school.  What if the Taliban were in Canada and nobody stood up to them, would we have these rights?  In Canada we have peace and no one needs to fight here for basic rights.  I get to go to school everyday and am allowed to leave my house without a man.  

There are men and women in the Canadian Military who fight to uphold the rights and freedoms so many Canadians take for granted.  My dad’s friend served in Afghanistan and he had to park tanks in front of a school so girls could go learn.  He and his soldiers sat in their tanks for days and days in the hot desert so those girls got to do what I do every day.  

Thank you to our soldiers who served in war so we have rights and freedoms.  

Congratulations to BGen Derek Macauley!

A BIG congratulations to No Stone Left Alone supporter, BGen Derek Macauley!

The Chronicle Herald

May 1, 2017 - Brig.-Gen. Derek Macaulay has officially taken over command of the 5th Canadian Division in Halifax.

Macaulay earned the promotion at a ceremony at Citadel Hill Monday morning.

Maj.-Gen. Carl Turenne gave up the post after accepting a promotion of his own. Turenne will assume the role of Deputy Commander of the Canadian Army at Canadian Army Headquarters in Ottawa in early May.

“I am honoured and proud to have been at the helm of the 5th Canadian Division over the past two years — a tremendous team that has built and sustained operational and institutional readiness for the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Turenne in a news release.

Macaulay most recently served as Chief of Staff Army Strategy and has held various command and staff positions in Canada and on international operations.

Macaulay will be responsible for both regular and reserve force Canadian Army units located throughout all four Atlantic Provinces.

The 5th Canadian Division is the command element of the Canadian Army in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Vimy Ridge: 100 Years

On the 100th anniversary, and every day, No Stone Left Alone would like thank all of those who fought for our freedom and securities in the World War I Battle of Vimy Ridge.

We honour all of those who served in the birth of our nation, like L. Cpl. Dudley. B. Fryer whose letter to his brother (pictured below) is the inspiration for 3 generations to volunteer for NSLA: his daughter Barbara, his granddaughter Rhonda, and his great grandsons Ethan and Dawson.

We are able to enjoy the freedoms and securities we have as Canadians because of the valour of those who throughout our history have answered the call to serve our country defending the values that we hold dear.

Congratulations to BGen Trevor Cadieu!

A BIG congratulations to No Stone Left Alone supporter, BGen Trevor Cadieu!

Strathcona Enews  

The Regiment is extremely proud to share the most recent announcement of the appointment of BGen Trevor Cadieu as the Commander of 3 Canadian Division this summer following his re-deployment from Op PROTEUS.  This is an outstanding announcement for a fellow-Strathcona officer and for our Regiment; General Cadieu’s leadership and mentorship will continue the tradition of exceptional Commanders at the Divisional level in Western Canada.      
We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to BGen Heatherington for his support for Regiment and his “lead-by-example” charismatic command over the course of this year.  He championed many issues that directly affected the Regiment and Armoured Corps on our behalf and these efforts have not gone unnoticed.  He is promoted today to MGen and will take command of the Canadian Army Doctrine and Training Center this summer.  Congratulations upon the promotion and appointment of command.  We wish him and his family all the best in this next transition.

LCol Mark Lubiniecki                                CWO Rob Clarke
CO LdSH(RC)                                           RSM LdSH(RC)