Kinette's "I am Proud to be Canadian" Essay Winner Celebrated

It was my pleasure to join students, teachers, and the Kinette's at West Nissouri Public School to congratulate this year's "I am Proud to be Canadian" essay winner, Connor Aarts. It was my privilege to present Connor with two new maps of Canada, one for his school and one for himself, as well as a new Canadian Flag for his school and desk sized flag for him to keep, along with a certificate of congratulations from parliament.

My thanks to the Kinette's for organizing this contest and my thanks to Connor for allowing me to share an excerpt of his essay with you.

an excerpt from Connor's essay:

Canada was originally inhabited by the aboriginal people until French and British explorers came in the late 15th century. It was under British rule until confederation of the Dominion of Canada on July 1st, 1867. Canada day.

Canadians have made history. World War One first broke out in 1914. The British Empire including Canada rushed in to help fight Germany. Canadian forces fought in Vimy Ridge and the Second Battle of Passchendaele. At the end of the war 67000 were killed and 173000 wounded. The Second World War officially began on September 1st, 1939 with the German invasion of Poland. Britian and France declared war on Germany on September 3, 1939. Seven days later the Canadians declared war on Germany. After 6 hard years of fighting, the war finally ended on November 11th, 1945. Canada lost 45000 people in WWII and had another 54000 were wounded.

Being a Canadian means freedom. Freedom comes in many different ways. One way Canadians have freedom is the freedom to vote for their government. Canadians choose their education and their religion. Canadians also have the freedom to go to school every day. Freedom brings opportunity for Canadians.

Canada is a safe place to live! I don’t have to worry about any violence or wars in this peaceful country. We are known around the world for our peace. I think our health care is amazing because they would do anything to help you if you got hurt or sick.