The tragic events of the past week have made us reflect on a lot of things. What it is to be Canadian; how much respect we have for our military – past and present; and what it is to be a hero.

Many of the stories we read and shared included acts of selflessness in the face of danger. Kevin Michael Vickers, Canada’s Sergeant-at-Arms, stopped the gunman on Parliament Hill, and turned around and hailed the work of his security team and the Speaker of the House. The many first responders continued to do their job while the uncertainty and danger was still present. They all modestly said they were focussed on Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, and nothing else.

The one story that stood out for us was the final act of heroism by Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. He was an organ donor and when he died, he gave more than 8 people a chance to live. A hero. An incredible act.

Heroism is something we can all consider. Be an organ donor.

Our thoughts are with the families of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent.


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