With Canada turning 150 this July, Ms. Hughes’ Grade 6 class at Gordon Greenwood Elementary was asked what Canada means to them.
While maple syrup, Tim Hortons and hockey were mentioned, some larger themes emerged in their comments that would make any Canadian feel proud to live here.
Most students said Canada means ‘freedom’ and ‘peace’, and many said they were so proud to live and such an accepting country where the people are kind.
Students who have come from other countries, such as Korea, to call Canada home, were stunned by Canada’s vast beauty, by our quantity of parks and the proximity of our homes to nature, something their countries don’t have.
Some students appreciated health care and gender equality, while others mentioned their love of lacrosse and bacon.
Karson wrote, “Canada means freedom and to be whoever you want to be because everyone is accepted. In Canada everyone is nice to each other.”
Brendan wrote that Canada has diversity and lots of freedom.
“It is extremely safe and peaceful and it is a beautiful place to live.”
Photos by Troy Landreville