For the past several years, the Grade 7 students of St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School have created posters as a tribute to Canada’s fallen soldiers in Afghanistan. June 2010 marked a first - Carol Mitchell, from Owen Sound, Ontario, journeyed to Oakville to thank the students for their hard work and specifically, the poster created for her son, Cpl. Robert James Mitchell, who was killed in Afghanistan.
Mrs. Mitchell’s inspiring message of hope and courage in the face of great loss inspired the students to make a greater difference in their local community.
Recognizing the need to further honour our veterans and their families, the students made a presentation to their local Town of Oakville Councillor, Ralph Robinson. As Bronte Road in Oakville is designated as Halton Region’s “Veterans’ Highway,” the students sought to create greater awareness of this special designation to the public by designing various improvements to the highway.
The students drafted designs, wrote proposals and articulated a rationale for their proposed improvements. Under the leadership of local Town Councillor Ralph Robinson, and the dedication of the staff of The Town of Oakville, a proposed vision of the students’ work was realized. The Bronte Veterans’ Garden now serves as a place of remembrance on Halton Region’s Veterans Highway.
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, will honour the lives of Trooper Marc Diab and Colonel Geoff Parker. As well, he will extend his gratitude to the students of St. Dominic Catholic Elementary School for their contributions to their community and the armed forces of Canada.
Mark your calendars—don’t miss this opportunity to thank and to remember.