"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Women's History Month 2011 Celebrates the Proud Legacy of Women in Canadian Military Forces

OTTAWA, September 14, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, announced the theme for Women's History Month, which will be celebrated across Canada during the month of October. This year's theme -Women in Canadian Military Forces: A Proud Legacy - celebrates women's contributions, now and throughout history, to the Canadian Forces.

"The contributions of women form a rich and vibrant part of Canada's proud military legacy," said Minister Ambrose. "I encourage all Canadians to take this opportunity to learn their stories and recognize their contributions."

"Women in the Canadian Forces are celebrated for their bravery, dedication and leadership as soldiers, sailors, and airwomen," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. "I am proud of the contributions of women warriors, to building a more secure Canada, to protecting North America, and to contributing to international peace and security."

Canadians are encouraged to take an active role in celebrating Women's History Month. Activities will be happening across the country, and Canadians can either attend these events or organize their own events to celebrate the women in their communities.

October is Women's History Month in Canada, which provides an opportunity for Canadian's to learn about the important contributions of women to our society - and to the quality of our lives today.

For more information on the women who have played a role in Canada's military history or for more information on Woman's History Month, please visit www.swc-cfc.gc.ca.

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