In Our Words

Our Canada - - Contents - Gary Ge­orge, gary_ ge­orge@ rd. com

One glance at the cover should leave no doubt in your mind as to what this is­sue is all about. Be­gin­ning with a spe­cial “Pro­files in Courage” sec­tion on page 8, much of the con­tent to fol­low pays trib­ute to Canada’s men and women in uni­form, past and pre­sent, and their fam­i­lies.

From group ini­tia­tives such as Wounded War­riors Canada’s re­cent Bat­tle­field Bike Ride though the Balkans (page 37) to the ef­forts of mo­ti­vated in­di­vid­u­als like OC con­trib­u­tor Ed James, who tours schools, Le­gion halls and se­niors res­i­dences with his amaz­ing col­lec­tion of war-era mem­o­ra­bilia (page 40), many of our fel­low Cana­di­ans are do­ing their best to keep the mem­o­ries of those who have fallen alive.

If you’re look­ing for in­spi­ra­tion with respect to over­com­ing per­sonal chal­lenges, make sure to read our Cause for Ap­plause se­lec­tion from Rob Lar­man. As a young am­putee who ben­e­fit­ted from the War Amps “CHAMP” pro­gram while grow­ing up, Rob is now help­ing child am­putees as the di­rec­tor of the War Amps Play Safe/drive Safe pro­gram (page 18).

Need a breather from all that se­ri­ous sub­ject mat­ter? Check out Tim Fletcher’s Our Trav­els piece about his ex­pe­ri­ences aboard the spec­tac­u­lar Agawa Canyon Fall Colours Train Tour (page 22). Or, for a heart­warm­ing blast from the past, turn to “The Old Kitchen Stove” by Ger­ald Mackin­non (page 30).

In clos­ing, a friendly re­minder that our new soft­cover book— Our Canada, Our Coun­try, Our Sto­ries— is avail­able for pur­chase ev­ery­where books are sold (as of Septem­ber 18). Work­ing on the project reaf­firmed just how won­der­fully di­verse, downto-earth and tal­ented Our Canada contributors ac­tu­ally are. Hope you en­joy it!

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