I went to school for teaching. Now, if any of you are familiar with the teaching situation in Canada it’s – there are not enough jobs for teachers that are graduating from school. This, as you can see, is a problem for those of us wishing to stay and teach in our own country. Most graduates go overseas to teach in places like England, South Korea, Japan, or China. These are all great places filled with rich history and wonderful people… but whenever I’m offered to go there to teach (which I do more often then not) I always turn them down.
People ask me why I do that. Don’t I want to be a teacher? Don’t I want to stand in front of a class and share my passion for English with those minds so willing to learn?
Yes, I do want to teach but I don’t want to leave the country that is in my bones. I’m a fifth generation Canadian. All my family is in Canada, asides from the few brave one’s that are overseas teaching. I was raised to love my country and the people in it. I see what is happening to the education system in the country and it kills me inside that I am not given the chance to try and help it. But, that is only part of the reason why I stay here.
I love this country. I love the people in this country. No where in the world are there such friendly, welcoming, open minded people than those I’ve met here. We are as diverse as we are loyal to our nation. We are accepting and willing to change. I don’t deny we have done some horrible things in our past that we are not proud of, but we are beginning to admit them… trying to bring light to them.
Canada is a nature wonderland. Any type of climate you want you can find. Open plains, ocean villages, blistering cold, northern lights, boreal forests, rain forests, desolate snowscapes – you name it and I will point you in the direction you want to go.
Another thing I love about Canada is how large it is. You hear Canada is really big – we’re the second largest country in the world – but you don’t realize how large it is until your parents pack up your car for university and drive 16 hours from Toronto to Thunder Bay, around Lake Superior only to have you realize you never left the province of Ontario. Mind you it takes you about 19 hours to get from Ontario to Prince Edwards Island… but you cut through Quebec and Nova Scotia on the way.
I don’t understand why people would want to leave a country that has so much beauty for another. Canada may be young but we have history… I know because I’ve explored the many fur trading posts scattered across our land. I’ve visited the fortresses along our sea ways, seen the battlefields and visited our museums.
It is this beauty, these friendly people, our dark but unique history that makes me learn to love how important it is to be Canadian. I think that is one reason I try my hand at capturing my experiences through photographs in hopes of showing people how amazing this country really is. So, even though I may not be teaching in a classroom I am doing my best to teach those interested through my posts and through the work I publish online… for the next generation of Canadians to read this and appreciate how good they have it in our home and native land.