Ninth Graders were invited to see what their military parents do at Garrison Petawawa. They tried their best shot at the Simulation Centre. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Annual Take Our Kids to Work Day

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday, November 9, 2017

As part of the annual Take our Kids to Work Day, military and civilian personnel at Garrison Petawawa brought their Ninth Graders to the office.

It gave these teens a chance to experience the diverse tasks undertaken by Canadian Armed Forces members, and let them learn about what goes on behind the scenes to get the combat arms into high readiness. “The whole Canadian Forces are on board with that,” said Garrison Petawawa Commander Colonel Louis Lapointe, “and it is not about recruiting. It is about exposing our own kids to all the options that the military can offer. “They also get a better understanding of what their parents do,” he added.

Under the supervision of professionals, the 21 participants were taken to various locations on the Garrison. Notably they started their morning adventures by stopping by the Simulation Centre, where they could try out their aim. They also met with the Military Police and visited 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron where they had an up-close look at a Chinook Helicopter.

Most if not all of these kids grew up watching one or both parents put on the uniform every day, yet few actually knew what exactly they did once they passed through the front gates. “Now they are more immersed in what their parents do day to day,” said Col Lapointe.

Though it is normal for teenagers not to know what they want to do when they grow up, events such as this allow them to expand their potential career paths. It might inspire them to consider the military as a future career, particularly when they realize how many different jobs are available. “We’ve got all sorts of skills that you could ever imagine,” said Col Lapointe.

Held on the first Wednesday of November, Take Our Kids to Work Day supports career exploration and readiness among Canadian public school students. Experiencing a “day in the life” allows students to explore the world of work and helps them make informed educational decisions.