Frae the Chair

Dear Clansfolk,

I hope that you all had a relaxing summer. With fall just a few days away, it amazes me that I am hiding away from the heat in my air-conditioned home while some of our citizens are experiencing snow in Alberta. I had a wonderful time at the Fergus Highland Games in August and met many clan groups. I welcome all of our new members. Please continue to send notice of your activities to our Webmaster or Secretary so that we can advertise your events on our website.

In our next issue, we will be sending out more information about the Great Canadian Kilt Skate in Toronto. This event is expanding and we are hoping to have a venue (mostly likely at tent at Nathan Philips Square) to advertise Scottish Clans and Societies.

I have just spent a week with my grade 10 history class talking about history and identity. Many of my students do not know about their own histories. I have challenged them to talk to their parents and grandparents about the family stories that help to form their basis for their own journey. Whether it is creating a family tree or investigating how and why their families made the long journey to Canada (often leaving much of value behind); family history is important. In fact, Canada is built on a mountain of these individual stories.

The Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics included a presentation by Spoken Word artist Shane Koyczon, entitled We are More, quoted below.
" We are young, we are cultures strung together then woven into a tapestry
And the design is what makes us more than the sum totals of our history"

While the design of this tapestry continues to evolve, our roots help to strengthen the threads. Our youth need to understand this.

I challenge you to share a family account, an historical document, picture or something of your own story with one of your children or grandchildren. Perhaps you could tell of the legends of your clan, or the history behind your name. Spend some time with our young. Lure them away from their screens and entertain them with real stories and family characters. In the process, they may just understand themselves and their place in this great country a little better.

Hold Fast,

Karen Macleod McCrimmon

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