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The Ability to Achieve

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The Ability to Achieve

Fight for your rights. Fight for your rights. There’s still things that need to be done. You know that as well as I do. And we are a little more sophisticated now then we were when I was just coming out of the army. We know how to push buttons now. We know how to get the politicians motivated. We’re just a little more sophisticated now. And because we are, we can get things done and it, you know we cannot fall asleep at the switch because if we do, they’ll run over us.

Mr. Jacobs expresses his feeling about staying positive, having the ability to keep on achieving in life.

Kenneth Jacobs

Mr. Kenneth Jacobs was born in 1923 in Windsor, Ontario. He attended public high school until Grade 13 and was involved in sports throughout his school years. He attended the University of Toronto with the aspiration to study medicine, however, after one year changed his career path. In 1943 Mr. Jacobs joined the army. He was posted to Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia with the Royal Canadian Artillery, transferred to the Medical Corp and accepted advanced training in Camp Borden. He then transferred to the Vancouver General Military Hospital working in admissions as a typist, then onto the orderly room as an operating room assistant. In 1945 he discharged from the army, obtained his Bachelor of Arts at Assumption College, attended University of Toronto and earned a Masters Degree in Social Work. Mr. Jacobs worked at the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto, being the first black social worker at this agency. Mr. Jacobs joined the Air Force and worked in British Columbia in his social work field. In 1980, when his father turned ill, Mr. Jacobs returned to Ottawa to look after him, was employed with National Defence and established a social work centre. In 1988 Mr. Jacobs retired after 24 years of service and settled in Ottawa. Mr. Jacobs retired from the forces with the rank of Wing Commander.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
February 14, 2011
Person Interviewed:
Kenneth Jacobs
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Air Force

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