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Article / November 17, 2011 / Project number: 11-0643

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Winnipeg, Manitoba — People who lead soldiers, Canadian Rangers and Junior Canadian Rangers all share the common characteristics of stepping up to the plate and taking charge.

The 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group (4 CRPG) recently opened the first urban Junior Canadian Ranger (JCR) patrol at the Indian and Métis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg.

This patrol opening is significant because it is the first urban patrol that was opened in Canada. Previously, JCR patrols were only in sparsely settled northern, coastal and isolated areas of Canada, where there was already a Canadian Ranger patrol. The JCR program is being expanded on a trial basis to allow urban youth to benefit from the training their northern counterparts receive.

“It is an excellent opportunity to show the communities about the Junior Canadian Rangers,” said Chief Warrant Officer Dave Ames, sergeant-major for 4 CRPG. “It’s the first of its kind to be set up in an urban environment.”

The JCR program is community sponsored in partnership with the Department of National Defence and other federal, provincial and regional organizations, meaning that youth can participate in the program for free.

Commander’s Coin for leadership

As part of the stand up, former JCR Priscilla Rodgers was presented with a Commander’s Coin from Brigadier-General Paul Wynnyk, Commander of Land Force Western Area, for the leadership role she played during the breakdown of a bus she was on during the dead of winter.

Realizing that the bus would rapidly cool down, Rodgers used her JCR training and left the bus with a friend, cleared snow, gathered wood and used lighters to start a fire.

“The award was outstanding,” said CWO Ames. “It just shows the type of activities that are taught to the kids.”

“When you have an adult driving a bus who didn’t know what to do and a young teenager who stepped up the plate and looked after everybody, I think that speaks volumes of what this [program] is all about.”

Article and photos by Cpl Bill Gomm, 38 CBG Public Affairs

 

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