One such is Brayden McCleary, the son of our Higher Education Division’s national sales manager, Tim McCleary. Brayden is a member of the Hamilton-based Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and one of about 50 Argylls currently in Afghanistan, where he serves as part of a provincial reconstruction team. This is the biggest deployment overseas that the unit has seen since World War II.
“My great uncle was an officer with the Argylls in the Second World War. Brayden has had two dreams — one to be a firefighter, and the other to serve his country with the Canadian military. He joined the Argylls as a reservist — (1) because he wanted to be with an infantry unit, (2) the family connection, and (3) because it is a Scottish regiment, and Brayden is extremely proud of his Scots heritage. Brayden completed his firefighting certification through Conestoga College shortly before beginning training for Afghanistan. His family and friends are extremely proud of him.”
As, indeed, are many other people, including those of us at OUP who hear about how Brayden is doing from his dad, and the citizens of Guelph, the McClearys’ home town. As you can see from the photo, Guelph mayor Karen Farbridge arranged to have the city flag sent to Brayden in Afghanistan, where it’s become customary for soldiers to hoist the flags of their home communities. And at Christmas, OUP staff put together a “care package” for Brayden and his comrades. We wish him the best during his remaining time overseas and, like his dad, look forward to his safe return.