VANCOUVER – On Friday, December 16, Memory Project volunteer speaker and Canadian Forces veteran Greg Pap will share what it’s really like to cook for the Canadian military with ACE-it Professional Cook students at David Thompson Secondary.
“I have several years of experience cooking in the field,” says Mr. Pap, “Think of James Bond-style kitchens.”
Lee Green teaches the ACE-it Professional Cook Level One course at David Thompson Secondary, for Grade 12 students who want to become chefs. He put in a request with the Memory Project for a military chef to speak to his class.
“I would love to have a speaker from any military service who was a chef or cook for the troops to let my students understand how an army ‘marches on its stomach,’” explained Mr. Green.
Mr. Pap was eager to oblige. He served in Cyprus with the Protector and City Class ships, was in the navy for nine years, and in the regular forces for 12 years as a reserve cook.
“Of the 2,000 or so requests received by The Memory Project this year, this one really stood out,” said Historica Canada President and CEO Anthony Wilson-Smith. “It’s another example of how volunteers like Mr. Pap do such great work in bringing history to life in classrooms and community groups.”
The Memory Project invites veterans and Canadian Forces members to share their military experience with fellow Canadians, young and old. Through an online archive and speakers bureau, more than 1.5 million Canadians have heard their stories.
Historica Canada is the country’s largest organization dedicated to enhancing awareness of Canada’s history and citizenship. For more information, visit www.historicacanada.ca
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