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A campaign to encourage our Canadian Armed Forces!

Presented by:  Canadians - Facilitated by: JAMMD5 & Auriele Diotte

C.A.F.É. DAY was developed through a small series of happenings where one grade 8 student of Holy Redeemer Catholic School was stirred in their heart after reading a book about World War II - where the Jewish people were sent to concentration camps.  The thought came that something needed to be done and that we could help make a difference in the lives of those involved in war - by getting the younger generation together to appreciate and thank all those who regularly make tremendous sacrifices everyday and put their lives at risk - so that we may live safely in our land.

For the time it takes to sit and have a cup of coffee - we could write a thank you note to our men and women in the Canadian Armed Forces for the work they do and a job well done.

This would also be another generation's way of responding to the traditions set up by our Canadian forefathers who established before us such important days like November 11th, Remembrance Day and June's Veteran's Day.  Our forefathers have declared their motto 'Lest We Forget!'  It is time for our generation to rise up with a fresh voice of commitment, declaring 'We Will Remember!'

I would like to propose that C.A.F.É. Day be implemented on the first day of spring to reinforce to our troops that better days are ahead.  Spring is often seen as a time of new beginnings, fresh hope and better tomorrows.  It would be a day of celebrating the sacrifice that the troops already are making and have made just by entering into the military to serve and protect this country.

Action Steps:


  1. Have the Grade 8 Students of Holy Redeemer Catholic School work together as a team to lead the students of Holy Redeemer to take a few minutes to write an encouraging note to our Canadian Armed Forces.
  2. Grade 8 Students (with permission) would take a digital photo of each class with their teachers in their own room - together waving at the troops.
  3. These photos would be pasted on one 8 ½ x 11 page of a scrap book along with one sentence of appreciation, from each class, to encourage the troops.
  4. Upon completion of the photo being inserted into the scrap book for the troops along with the class's statement of appreciation - the book would be taken to each classroom to have the students sign their name to the appropriate page for their class.
  5. On the front of the scrap book - will be a picture of our school along with our school motto 'The Little School with the BIG Heart!'
  6. The scrap book of appreciation would then be sent via Canada Post to the C.A.F. Head Office - where we would request it to be copied and sent to all of our troops that are deployed abroad.
  7. The paper and photos have already been supplied - therefore there would be no cost involved to the students or Holy Redeemer School.


C    anadian

A    rmed

F    orces

É    ncouragement

D   ay