What Canada Means to The Wooding Group

Canada 150

June 29, 2017

Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations are coming up this weekend, and The Wooding Group team is as excited as anyone. We love this country, and are pleased to represent Canadian values such as hard work, integrity, respect, and inclusivity. Our team and our clients are diverse, but we share many things – including a love of this land, from coast to coast to coast.

We asked our team what their favourite part of Canada is – a characteristic, a memory or a place that they love. We hope you enjoy reading this, and you will share your own responses on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter!

Debra Wooding

I LOVE our country … so let me count the ways!

  1. The humble, kind, and considerate nature that we’re known for worldwide makes me proud to be a Canadian.
  2. Canada’s Indigenous peoples have a rich and beautiful culture that I’m proud to share.
  3. Since our creation as a country, Canada has been an exciting, welcoming fresh start for so many immigrants.
  4. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms was signed over 36 years ago. Since then, not only has it become a national bedrock, but our Canadian-made Charter has replaced the American Bill of Rights as the constitutional document most emulated by other nations. That makes me proud.
  5. I love our land. The National Parks, our Rockies, Canadian Shield, orchards, wineries, maple trees, and the amazing syrup we export worldwide. Bordered by three Oceans – what else could one want?
  6. I’m proud of the leadership role that Canadians take; being counted on as peacekeepers by our allies. Our promotion of tolerance, and inclusivity. Our Universal Health Care, offering both maternity and paternity leave, LGBTQ rights, Truth and Reconciliation for our First Peoples.
  7. So many Canadian Inventions…who knew? The zipper, hockey, lacrosse, basketball, the Wonderbra, garbage bags, insulin, the telephone, superman, peanut butter and the walkie talkie.
  8. Our Talent: Ryan Gosling, Gordon Lightfoot, John Candy, Gord Downie, Cirque Du Soleil, Michael Buble, Céline Dion, Bryan Adams, KD Lang…oh, I could go on, but I won’t – I think you can see how I feel!

Tom Wooding

Canadians are some of the most friendly and caring people I’ve come across. You can travel from one end of the country to the other and be surrounded by wonderful people.

Lindsay MacPhie

I love both our diversity of people and cultures as well as our country’s stunning landscapes. I also love that we are known around the world to be polite and considerate!

Peter MacPhie

“I can count my money in public’. This was once said by a friend of mine (slightly sarcastically) on why he liked Canada so much. I believe his intent was to say that in a world that is so uncertain, so dangerous and a future so unknown, we are lucky to live in a place where we are free, the quality of life is amazing and we can feel safe. So safe, that we can ‘count our money in public’.

Daniel Bui

I was born a Canadian, but my mother was not. In fact, she was sponsored by a Canadian family from small town Peace River in Alberta. Her sponsor family helped her start over from scratch and though it wasn’t easy, she persevered and embraced Canada’s way of life. I’ve realized that I would not be a Canadian if another Canadian family had not opened their hearts and home to my mother many decades ago.  #proudthankfulcanuck

Thomas John Wright

Port Loring, Ontario is not only my favorite spot in Canada, it’s my favorite place I have ever been. I grew up spending my summers there and it provided so many fond memories – there always seemed to be great adventures at every turn. From boating around looking for fishing spots to deep water swims, water skiing, marching through the back woods to finding new lakes to fish with an army of cousins, it really is one of the most peaceful and beautiful spots on earth. (Hakuna Matata!)

Natasha Elniski

Canadians are known for being polite and kind. I love that when I simply say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when travelling, people automatically assume that I am Canadian.

John Wooding

My favorite place in Canada is Canmore, Alberta. Nothing beats the mountains in both summer and winter!

Helan Ismail

My favorite place in Canada is Ottawa. Not only is it the nation’s capital, but it’s also my hometown. From the beautiful display of colours in the trees during fall to ice skating on the canal during winter, to a stroll down parliament hill. Not to mention lovely scenic routes through the city. To me it is the most beautiful and cleanest city in Canada.

Larisa Wooding

I feel lucky and proud to be Canadian every day! I love being surrounded by what feels like a country full of kind-hearted and polite people. I also enjoy the overwhelming sense of pride I feel as a Canadian when the national anthem is belted out at major sporting events!

The Wooding Group at CIBC Wood Gundy, 780 498-5047