Thursday, 29 June 2017

Thursday, or Thereabouts - June 29, 2017

Canada 150

I've struggled and fussed, written half sentences only to have them truncated by feelings of inadequacy. I simply cannot find the words to express how profound my gratitude is for my home and native land. I am humbled by the privilege accorded to me by my paternal grandfather's decision to settle in Canada 106 years ago.

Gramps with Norbert and I, 1978, inspecting our house building skills.
I saw a video just today, and amid all the celebratory stories and videos that have flashed across my screen this past week or more, this one at least begins to capture what is in my heart as my Canada celebrates 150 years as a confederation of provinces and territories.

Have a look:

I'm thrilled and so very proud to be a part of the colourful mosaic that is my Canada. We're not perfect, not by a long shot. We're not without problems, but let these take a back seat this weekend, we celebrate who we are at home and on the world stage.

Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill, Ottawa
My Canada has four wonderful seasons, each one offering its share of glorious days...

Twillingate, Newfoundland - Photo taken June 15 2017 by Doreen Dalley

...along with a few clunkers.

There are awesome landscapes of mountains, lakes, forests, prairies, and vineyards

with architecture in cityscapes that incorporate the old and the new along with green space too:

...with so many diverse cultures to enrich and inspire each one of us to be who we were born to be.

On July 1, 1960 John Diefenbaker, Canada's 13th Prime Minister, introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights in Parliament with these words:

"I am a Canadian!
Free to speak without fear,
Free to worship in my own way,
Free to stand for what I think right,
Free to oppose what I believe wrong,
Free to choose those who shall govern my country.
This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and mankind."

Amen to that!

Happy #150 Canada!

©2017 April Hoeller


  1. Great post April. I love Diefenbaker's words. They are something to hold onto in a world where these rights are under fire. Happy Canada Day!

    1. Indeed, "Dief the Chief" got it right with his words of 57 years ago.
      I too pledge to uphold this heritage of freedom that is my Canada.
      Thanks for stopping by to comment.

  2. A belated wish April --Happy Canada Day!
    Loved all the pictures and so glad to be back looking at your blog with this wonderful post.
    Hugs. xx