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Sign of Hope for Tomorrow

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Sign of Hope for Tomorrow

The hardest thing that I’d like to share is I mentioned my job was being the operations officer and it kept me at my desk for most of the waking hours of the day. But at one point I was sent out to the coast to the rear headquarters to deal with an issue back there and I can’t even remember what the issue was but the Royal Navy loaned me a vehicle and I remember driving down the road towards the Canadian support base and in front of me was a little sub compact with two boys probably age 7 and 10 and they popped up in the back seat, smiled and waved at me and I realized at that point that it was the first time in three months that I had seen a child smile which was a little heart-breaking at the time because, you know, when you are immersed in a very dark situation or at least when I am immersed in a very dark situation I will look for opportunities for the positive and try and do a little something to provide a ray of sunshine. But this really struck me that, you know, the children saw themselves as without hope for a tomorrow let alone a better tomorrow.

Reflecting back on his service, Major Mac Culloch expresses how the sight of a smile on a child’s face provided a sign for a better tomorrow to those living in despair!

Wayne Mac Culloch

Wayne Mac Culloch was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in 1953 and grew up in Quebec. He began his studies at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, at the age of 18 and would serve as a military engineer in the Canadian Armed Forces for more than 40 years. During his long and varied career, Mr. Mac Culloch served across Canada and took part in three overseas deployments to the Balkans and one to Haiti before being medically discharged with the rank of major. Still having a passion to serve, he went on to work as a civilian employee with the Department of National Defence. Since 2004, Mr. Mac Culloch has volunteered his time and talents to help deliver the “Peace Module” during the Historica Encounters with Canada program in Ottawa. Week after week, he has engaged with youth from coast to coast and educated them about the sacrifices and achievements of Canadians who have served in uniform over the years.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
November 9, 2016
Person Interviewed:
Wayne Mac Culloch
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Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Armed Forces

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