Ranger has role in na­tional cer­e­mony

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - NEWS - PETER MOON

a Ju­nior Cana­dian ranger from north­ern on­tario played a prom­i­nent role dur­ing the ser­vice mark­ing re­mem­brance day at the na­tional War me­mo­rial in ot­tawa.

Ju­nior ranger Trevor mckay, 17, from Kitchen uh may koo sib in­nin­uwug First na­tion, was part of the of­fi­cial party at the cer­e­mony and stood out in his dis­tinc­tive Ju­nior ranger uni­form. he at­tended a lunch after­wards at rideau hall, the of­fi­cial res­i­dence of Gov. Gen. Julie Payette, in hon­our of this year’s silver Cross mother, diana abel, who lost her son, Cpl. david abel, while he served in so­ma­lia in 1993.

Ju­nior ranger mckay was se­lected to rep­re­sent the 4,200 Ju­nior Cana­dian rangers across Canada. his home in Kitchen uh may koo sib, known as Ki, is a re­mote oji-cree com­mu­nity 580 kilo­me­ters north of Thun­der bay.

“i pre­sented the gov­er­nor gen­eral with a flag of Ki,” he said. “meet­ing her was pretty awe­some.”

The ser­vice at the War me­mo­rial and the for­mal lunch at rideau hall were two of the highlights of his three-day visit to ot­tawa, dur­ing which he met nu­mer­ous dig­ni­taries, saw the speaker’s Cham­bers in the Par­lia­ment build­ings, and vis­ited the Cana­dian War mu­seum, where he saw the im­pres­sive con­tri­bu­tion of Canada’s in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion to Canada’s mil­i­tary.

he thought the lunch at rideau hall was a mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion and the dessert was “re­ally good.”

at the War me­mo­rial ser­vice he car­ried the wreath for Florence Chideya, the am­bas­sador of Zim­babwe and dean of the diplo­matic corps in ot­tawa.

master Cpl. Karen meeseeta wageesic, who runs the Ju­nior Cana­dian ranger pro­gram in eabame­toong First na­tion, ac­com­pa­nied Ju­nior ranger mckay to rideau hall and to the re­mem­brance ser­vice. “Trevor was a lit­tle ner­vous but he did a very good job,” she said. “The gov­er­nor gen­eral talked with us and asked me about the Ju­nior ranger pro­gram. she told me to keep work­ing with the Ju­nior rangers.”

her Ju­nior ranger pa­trol was named the best in on­tario in 2016.

Capt. John mcneil, the Cana­dian army of­fi­cer com­mand­ing the 1,000 Ju­nior rangers in 20 First na­tions across the Far north of on­tario, said: “it’s an hon­our to have had Trevor rep­re­sent the Ju­nior Cana­dian ranger pro­gram. he’s an out­stand­ing young man. The work he’s done as a Ju­nior ranger re­flects well on him and the pro­gram. he is this year’s top Ju­nior ranger in on­tario.

“he’s been a bit over­whelmed and pretty ex­cited by this ex­pe­ri­ence. it’s been a huge ex­pe­ri­ence for him. he’s rep­re­sented us well and he is de­serv­ing of this hon­our.”

— Sgt. Peter Moon is the pub­lic af­fairs ranger for the 3rd Cana­dian Ranger Pa­trol Group at Cana­dian Forces Base Bor­den.

PETER MOON/FOR THE DAILY PRESS

Gov-gen. Julie Payette, left, poses with Ju­nior Cana­dian Ranger Trevor Mckay, and Master Cpl. Karen Meeseetawageesic.

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