‘Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad’

Article / June 13, 2019 / Project number: 19-0115

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Message from Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan, Commander 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East)

Montreal, Quebec — You might recognize this beautiful and inspiring popular quote about fatherhood from Anne Geddes, the Australian photographer and author.

There are as many paternal styles as there are fathers. Sometimes adored, sometimes hated; at times inspiring, at times disappointing; sometimes present, sometimes absent; sometimes strict, sometimes affectionate. As the first figure of authority in our lives, it is not surprising that our relationships with our fathers are complex. Being a father and a parent is not easy and a user’s manual is not provided.

Being a dad represents much more than simply having children. Together with maternal figures, fathers are models for their children and help mould their characters with courage, determination, patience and generosity. Our dads have accompanied and guided us through our childhoods; they have allowed us to develop our moral fibre and differentiate between right and wrong.

Obviously, this holiday makes me think of my own father, a man of rectitude and of few words who was able to cultivate, before he left us too soon, a fertile ground in which to develop our resilience and self-confidence. Father’s Day is the special time to recognize their invaluable contribution within our families. The support of our spouses - simultaneously husbands, partners, dads and friends - is essential. Éric, thank you for being there.

Dads are the lighthouses and foghorns in the occasionally tumultuous waters of childhood, teenage years and even adulthood! Guardians of the peaceful havens of our family homes, you provide a reassuring presence. We are lucky to have you!

On Father’s Day, June 16, allow me to pay tribute to the fathers and all of those who play the dad role within the families of the 2nd Canadian Division team.

Happy Father’s Day!

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