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    The teenagers were fascinated by the selection of guns to be repaired at 2 Service Battalion. They are historic guns loaned to Second Line Gun Repair Shop by the Garrison Petawawa Military Museums. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The students were given the chance to try baking and for many it was the first time they’ve ever piped shortbread. Noah Ogborne practices his swirling technique. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Ethan Maves, 14, uses a heat detector. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Master Corporal Julian Dafonseca brings the kids to the back of the kitchen, explaining how they use the large space to make meals for soldiers. (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    (Photos by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)



Students tour Garrison Petawawa for Take Our Kids to Work Day

By Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post

Posted on Thursday December 6, 2018

Pinpointing exactly what you want to do when you grow up is difficult, but the Take Our Kids to Work Day program may have helped narrow down a few options.

Garrison Petawawa opened its doors on Nov. 14 to a group of Grade 9 students who were chauffeured around to different units and parts of the Garrison to learn about the wide variety of professions there are in the Canadian Armed Forces.

As part of the schedule, they were invited to explore the Garrison Petawawa Military Museums, 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron, Normandy Court Kitchen and to the 2 Service Battalion Maintenance building.

“It gives them a chance to see what their parents do,” said 2nd Lieutenant Braeden Mallon, as he guided the teens around. “It shows them what we do here in the military instead of just having a backseat view if their parents are very selective in what they share. I also think it is good fun.”

The teens learned about a variety of different trades as well as what skills or y traits are necessary to follow that path. Many of the stops also involved some hands-on experiences and the students from a variety of local high schools were given the chance to see for themselves if they could forge a career in the military.

Master Corporal Nick Ogborne helped chaperone the groups; his son Noah was a participant in the special event, and he hoped that he and his friends learned something from the tour.

“There is only so much that you can learn from a book,” he said. “Sometimes you have to have that hands-on experience and see it.

“The Canadian Forces have such a diverse and wide range of jobs,” he added, pointing out that bringing them to the Garrison allowed them to see that the Army isn’t just guns and tanks.
The experience for the youth was overwhelmingly positive.

At his father’s suggestion, Chase March, 13, from Fellowes High School attended the tour. He found the entire experience very positive and enjoyed the opportunity to “learn about the stuff that they do.”