National Day of Honour

 

WHEREAS the Canadian Armed Forces have been called up to serve in Afghanistan in an effort to help restore order and protect the peace as part of a multi-national force;

WHEREAS the brave soldiers of the Canadian Armed Forces are often in harm’s way in service to Canada and all Canadians;

and WHEREAS 158 following soldiers were killed in action in Afghanistan, in the service of our country:

It was

MOVED AND SECONDED

AND RESOLVED:

“THAT the City of Côte Saint-Luc extends its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and comrades of the fallen soldiers, and sends a message of support, encouragement and appreciation to our troops serving abroad;

THAT this resolution be sent to the Minister of National Defence, who shall transmit a copy of the resolution to the Land Force; Member of Parliament for Mount Royal, as well as to the President of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 97;

THAT said resolution shall be for immediate action.”

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

I proposed that the City should adopt this resolution for each fallen Canadian soldier in Afghanistan.  I am proud to have sponsored this resolution originally and for it to have continued to be adopted when, unfortunately, necessary.

On this day of National Day of Honour, I join millions of Canadians in saluting those who served, with pride, courage and bravery, and those who fell, the ultimate sacrifice.

We Will Remember Them.

Meeting a Canadian Hero: Jody Mitic

Meeting a Canadian Hero: Jody Mitic

Last week I was honoured to meet a true Canadian Hero, Jody Mitic. In 2007 in Afghanistan, while on patrol with the 1st Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, sniper Jody Mitic stepped on a land mine and lost both legs below the knee. On his return home, he underwent months of painful rehab and more than a year of learning how to walk on prosthetic legs. Only one year after his recovery, he completed St-Johns annual charity 5km run and has been running for charities ever since.

He has two girls with his partner Alannah Gilmore, one of the medics who treated him in the war zone.

In 2013 in The Amazing Race Canada, Mitic and his brother, Cory, finished an admirable second. But, as a speaker, he’s nobody runner-up. Jody is a passionate keynote, filled with personal experience, on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, endurance and overcoming adversity. Here’s evidence of his courage – before he retired from the Canadian forces, Jody considered returning to Afghanistan for a tour of duty as a gunner on a helicopter.

I met the Kitchener, Ont., native last week in Ottawa where he plans to run for City Council in the upcoming municipal elections. On this Day of National Honour I salute Judy Mitic, a true Canadian Hero.