Change for the bet­ter

Cor­ner Brook man says be­ing a re­servist is some­thing to be proud of

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DIANE CROCKER

Three years ago, Paul Car­berry made a ca­reer change from phar­macy as­sis­tant to re­servist with the Royal New­found­land Reg­i­ment.

He’s full-time with the reg­i­ment’s 2nd Bat­tal­ion based in his home­town of Cor­ner Brook.

He said the change came after he fi­nally de­cided to take the ad­vice of an un­cle who had served with the navy for 41 years and had been en­cour­ag­ing him to join up.

It turned out to be a change for the bet­ter.

“I’m more con­fi­dent,” said Car­berry. “Just hap­pier at my job.”

It’s job that is filled with ca­ma­raderie and he en­joys the train­ing part of it a lot.

“It’s a good job, some­thing to be proud of.”

So far Car­berry has only had to be away from his fam­ily for train­ing and that is of­ten in the sum­mer.

He tries not to think about hav­ing to leave his wife and two chil­dren for long pe­ri­ods of time should the bat­tal­ion be de­ployed out­side the prov­ince.

“It helps hav­ing a good wife,” he said with a smile.

On Satur­day, Car­berry, his wife, Leah, and two chil­dren, Dana, two years old, and Rick, seven months old, at­tended a meet and greet hosted by the Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre Cor­ner Brook Satel­lite Of­fice at the Massey Drive Town Hall.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WESTERN STAR

The cup­cake mak­ing sta­tion was a hit with two-year-old Dana Car­berry at the Mil­i­tary Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre Cor­ner Brook Satel­lite Of­fice’s meet and greet on Satur­day. Dana’s dad, Paul Car­berry, who watched over her work, is a re­servist. The event was held at the Massey Drive Town Hall.

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