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Being Attacked with Chainsaws!

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Being Attacked with Chainsaws!

The one situation I talk about frequently is one of the situations from rebuilding Bosnia and I paint the picture for them, the bullet point that's on the slide is being attacked with chainsaws. It always gets a question and they say how did that happen? In essence, it’s a situation that I confronted an illegal logging operation and the fellows didn’t want to lose their jobs and they figured the easiest way to keep their jobs was to make me disappear. Once again you give them the situation, you say okay, you got two guys coming at you with chainsaws saying we will get you in twenty seconds, what do you do? And every now and again someone will say well why not try talking to them? And it is the answer that I used because really they didn’t mean me any harm they just didn’t want to lose their jobs. So I gave them a way of keeping their jobs and in fact me helping them keep their jobs by repairing the road that was in terrible shape. But the question that constantly comes up is, “Can you tell us about that story?” It always sounds a lot more dramatic than what it was at the time because there really isn’t time to do anything but think your way through the problem. And I have been fortunate in that I have never had to draw a weapon.

Major Mac Culloch shares the circumstances of a confrontation with workers on a logging operation.

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
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Wayne Mac Culloch
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Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Armed Forces

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