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During the holidays the last two years teacher Jillian Lawson and her Grade 4/5 classes from St.Mary School in Moose Jaw sent letters and goodies to soldiers deployed overseas during Christmas. 

On Thursday morning at 15 Wing, Lawson and her students were given the Lois Boyle "Mother of the Snowbirds" award from the 15 Winf Fellowship for their letters and kindness. LawsonAward1Teacher Jillian Lawson accepted the "Mother of the Snowbirds" Lois Boyle award.

Before that award was handed out, several 15 Wing personnel were recognized for their efforts and years of service with medals and certificates, which Lawson said she wasn't expecting.

"It was overwhelming, I didn't know anyone else was getting awards today and that was awesome to see and I think it was great for the student to see too. Seeing these people be recognized for hard work and dedication to something, that's really important for my students to see that."

Lawson added that the whole journey of a simple writing exercise in her classroom has ballooned into meaningful lessons the children have been able to learn.

"It's kind of just showing them how small of a world it is, it's giving them meaningful writing experiences in class, it's teaching them about what's going on in our Canadian military and overseas. There's so many different ways that's it has impacted the students and myself... it's definitely something that I'll do again."

She began the writing project in 2015 as one of her family members was deployed from home for Christmas and she wanted to be able to make the distance easier on him. 

 This year was different than the last as Lawson and her class were mailed a response from a soldier who had attended St.Mary school himself. 

 

HONORS AND AWARDS DURING THURSDAY AWARDS CEREMONY

15 Wing Moose Jaw and 15 Wing Fellowship would like to recognize the students from St. Mary School who have undertaken this project to reach out to serving Canadian Forces personnel.

2015-16:                                                                     2016-17:

Makaya Arnott                                                          Payton Hemingway

Joshua Cooke                                                            Callie Klemenz

Brynne Daly                                                              Ben Mason

Chase Fister                                                              Jessica Meyer

Nevaeh Gray                                                            Russel Parrene

Tayden Hill                                                               Jake Wilk

Taylor Lang-Wiley                                                    Lila Wilk

Luka Pollock                                                            Chloe Calubia

Sean Ramos (Pron. Shan)                                        Avery Chabot

Cate Schiltroth                                                         Evan DeGagne

Portlyn Schultz                                                         Kayla Kruse

Paislee Watt                                                             Kiera MacNevin

Jacinda Goy                                                              Brooke Myers

Mikayla Gusa                                                           Lucy Savard

Phatia Kojah (Pron. Pa-tee-ya)                               Stephen Walcer

Mackenna Nogue

Liam Riley 

MEDALS –

Capt Andrew Wetmore – CD

Capt Do Kim – General Campaign Star –Ribbon

Maj Rob Doucette – General Campaign Star – EXPEDITION Ribbon

Maj Rob Doucette – General Service Medal – EXPEDITION Ribbon

Capt Sean Hill – General Service Medal – EXPEDITION Ribbon

1000 HOUR PATCH (dress of the day)

Capt Mark Shular

Capt Brent Morrison

Capt Yanga Zhu

Capt Olivier Markon

Capt Sean Finn

 

Capt Adam Sobchuk

 

Capt Neil Gabourie

 

Capt Do Kim (Aurora w/pin)

 

A CAT CERTIFICATES

Shawn Finn

 

The 15 Wing Commanders Commendation is presented to: Maj Tipper, MCpl Doyle, Capt Khadij

15 Wing Commanders Coin:

  • Carla Forester for her professionalism and dedication in her position as 15 Wing General Safety Officer

15 Wing Chief Warrant Officers Coin:

  • Scott Osmachenko – for organization the hockey trip and the upcoming ski trip – these events are an important part of the military and family activities that make 15 Wing a great place to be – the support to our families and activities organized by PSP and MFRC are considered the best in the CAF

Canadian Decoration:

LCol Dunsterville

 

Capt Pistilli now be promoted from Capt to Major.

 

Canadian Decoration:

  • Sgt Reinson, 1st Clasp – ARAF – this represents 22 years of service

  • MCpl Clark, CD – ATC

  • Cpl Reid – 5000 PAR runs certificate

  • Director General Aerospace Equipment Program management Special Award:

MWO Marc Charbonneau, WTIS is awarded the DGAEPM Special award.

2 CFFTS (Big 2) Coin Presentation:

Cpl Reid 

 

 

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