Laurelwoods students participated in a Remembrance Day Assembly today created and performed by the grade 8 class. Students participated as actors, in lighting, A/V, and brought props. Additionally, they sold poppies for the Legion, videotaped other students, and collected images for our presentation. Everyone in our school community enjoyed the presentation, and we are grateful for their efforts. To view the presentation please click on the link https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tNhqqVXeleAaAgGjltwAmmd2sd3A7gecwY-6dCFyJJQ/edit?usp=sharing
Additionally, each class had the opportunity to hear a special Remembrance Day Guest Speaker Major Devan Johnston.
Major Devan Johnston was raised in Eden Mills and Erin, attending Rockwood Centennial Public School and John F. Ross CVI before attending Western University. In 1996, Devan joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an Intelligence Operator and was commissioned as an officer in 2004. From 2015 to 2018, he was the Commanding Officer of 2 Intelligence Company in Toronto, the unit he joined in 1996.
He deployed domestically after the Ice Storm in 1998 in support of local communities on Operation RECUPERATION. He has also served overseas three times. In 2003, he was an intelligence analyst at Canada’s National Command Element for Operation APOLLO. In 2005, he deployed to Bosnia-Hercegovina with the European Union team helping bring stability to the country. Finally in 2010 he deployed to Afghanistan on Operation ATHENA as part of the International Security Assistance Force.
Major Johnston currently works with the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command (CANSOFCOM). He lives in Amaranth with his wife Alyssa, son Henry, and their dog Archer.