Here to Stay

More of Our Canada - - In Your Words -

Mac Hors­burgh’s story about track­ing down the ori­gins of a wartime photo of his dad, “Mak­ing a Con­nec­tion” (Oc­to­ber-novem­ber 2016), re­ally touched me. Dur­ing World War II, I was serv­ing in the Women’s Land Army in Eng­land, where I met a Cana­dian sol­dier. He asked me to write to him while he was over­seas, which I did. One day, my let­ter was re­turned. The ac­com­pa­ny­ing note said he had been badly in­jured. Hav­ing lost an eye and suf­fer­ing from PTSD, he’d been re­turned to Canada. I have al­ways won­dered what hap­pened to him and pray he re­cov­ered from his in­juries. After the war, I went to work for a vet­eri­nar­ian. One day, he showed me an ad for a ken­nel in Que­bec that was hir­ing. I ap­plied and got the job—that is how I came to Canada. After about a year, I moved to Bri­tish Columbia, where I met my hus­band, Jim. We still live on Van­cou­ver Is­land and will be mar­ried 58 years this fall. Dorothy Car­swell, Courte­nay, B. C.

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