There are many reasons to be proud of being Canadian. We have a historical lineage of inventors and creators that have shaped the lives of everyone world-wide. Yes, it was a Canadian, Alexander Graham Bell, which created the telephone and another Canadian, Alfred J. Gross that invented the Walkie-Talkie. Through the work of Banting and Best, insulin was discovered as a means of treating Diabetes. And, while, everyone knows ice hockey was a Canadian born sport, it was also a Canadian James Naismith that invented the game of Basketball. Likewise, we are known for our great beer, ice wines and poutine. And the list goes on!
We are a friendly accepting nation, and boast a very diverse population. In fact, it is through immigrants that our population grows the most. We have been a leader in being progressive and standing up for what is right. Just look at gay marriages. Canada was among the first countries to make gay marriages legal. Indeed, we are a young country. Just 144 years old, and yet we’ve done so much in such a short time.
Each time I put on the Canadian uniform I do so with great joy. And to stand on a podium and hear the Canadian anthem played… well, is there anything more sweeter to the ears? Oh, how I do love Canada. I’ve been to many places in the world and you are second to none. Oh, CANADA! Happy Canada Day!