As we begin the final term, there is no better time to remind ourselves of how important it is to support one another throughout the remaining months. Doing so, is one of Greenwood’s fundamental values and a vital part of what we refer to as moral character.
Such support has always been prominent in Canadian history. On April 9th, Canadians will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge. This event marked the first time that all four Canadian divisions had fought together as one unit and is remembered as a moment of considerable sacrifice and dedication to the Allied victory in the First World War.
Forty years later, former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, who had lived through the First and Second World Wars, led a peaceful resolution to the Suez Crisis, which some might argue helped prevent a third global conflict. For his efforts, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
More recently, hundreds of people travelling on Highway 13 in Quebec were stranded for up to 12 hours, as the roads were made impassable by a fierce snowstorm. While many people were frustrated by the lack of emergency services during the situation, some motorists worked together to share food, cell phones and fuel, thereby helping one another manage the crisis safely.
Canadians have a long history of working together to solve problems and support one another. No doubt, there will be plenty of opportunities for students to do likewise throughout the final months of school. I can think of no better way to end the school year.