‘Canada is for me’

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A 12-year-old Chatham student submitted the winning essay for the Musical Ride Honoured Guest contest, winning tickets to the RCMP Musical Ride performance Aug. 24 at the Dresden Fairgrounds. The event, a fundraiser for C-K Racing Against Drugs, featured a ride-by with salute from the RCMP officers to the honoured guest, a privilege won by Emma Van Kesteren. Citing her love for all things Canadian and hand-drawn images, Van Kesterern’s submission caught the eye of the organizers. Van Kesteren, pictured, made a hand-made thank you card for the organizers.
A 12-year-old Chatham student submitted the winning essay for the Musical Ride Honoured Guest contest, winning tickets to the RCMP Musical Ride performance Aug. 24 at the Dresden Fairgrounds. The event, a fundraiser for C-K Racing Against Drugs, featured a ride-by with salute from the RCMP officers to the honoured guest, a privilege won by Emma Van Kesteren. Citing her love for all things Canadian and hand-drawn images, Van Kesterern’s submission caught the eye of the organizers. Van Kesteren, pictured, made a hand-made thank you card for the organizers.

Editor’s note: This is the winning submission for the contest to be the honoured guest for the RCMP’s Musical Ride in Dresden.

I love Canada because of all of our history and all the people from all over the world.

I love the Great Lakes so we can swim and fish in Canada and hike.

I love our health care so I can live long and strong.

I love the seasons – spring when the birds sing, summer with the flowers, fall when the leaves come down and winter when we skate.

I love the police that keep us safe every day.

I love that we can vote for the right prime minister.

I love our laws that keep our country in order.

I love that so many people came to live in Canada to have a better life.

I love our national sport – hockey!

I love our freedom.

Canada is for me!

Emma Van Kesteren, 12

Chatham

Winner of the Musical Ride honoured guest contest

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