This beautiful poem was written by Krista S. of Governor Simcoe Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ontario. Krista has been on an EF Voluntour to Kenya and recently returned from the Vimy Ridge 2012 National Student Remembrance Tour. This poem describes the lasting impact that these tours have had on her life and her national identity.
Thank You Canada.
Thank you Canada, for raising me.
You taught me to believe and how to see
the wide screen beyond our T.V.; our Earth
and for what it's worth
I would never trade it in.
Not now, not ever.
It is my endeavour
to see it all.
I've been a lot of places,
and seen a lot of things,
took advantage of my life.
Until I saw a Kenyan women carrying her child in a sling,
a fifty pound jug of water hanging from her brow
yet her smile still so bright.
That is when I vowed
to change my life.
Change for the better,
change from the bad,
change for the things I never knew I had.
Running water, a warm bed, and food?
How could I be so crude?
So thank you Canada, for raising me
and teaching me to give back to our international communities.
Kenya is my love, but Canada owns my heart
so it's time I must part
and start to appreciate my life.
My life of freedom.
My life of peace.
Who can I thank, but the deceased.
The soldiers who died to make my life free,
the soldiers who fought at the front of Vimy,
the soldiers who fought at Juno Beach
who hold the key,
We are a nation
The true north strong and free.
So, thank you Canada, for raising me.