BC: compiled by memorychronicle.com
FC: Thank you Dad
1: Daddy's Little Princess
2: December 11, 2012 Dear Dad, Today is just another day for me-busy managing the care of forty seven men and women all over the age of 85 who fought and sacrificed for us today. Each day goes by very quickly for me as Unit Manager of the Veterans Health Unit. I put out many fires, balance many lines of budget and provide ongoing clinical support to nurses as they provide high standards of care to our deserving veterans. Fortunately for our family you did not fight in the war, you did though sacrifice your time, love and guidance being my father. The veterans who fought in WWII are heroes--you are my hero. As my father you have structured me to be strong, to persevere to not give up. Today when I look back on my life as a child, adolescence and now a young adult I thank you. I thank you for being so proud of me, for believing in me even though there were times I let you down and most of all for knowing my potentials. If it weren't for you, I would not be the young professional I am today. Life moves along and we mature, we strive, we succeed and we age. You have matured, you have strived and you have succeeded at making most of your life dreams come true--you have aged well and will continue to be the example that I live by.
3: What an honor to still hold a record for track and field in the Canadian Armed Forces, to be the coach of various levels of Athletic Hockey Teams who have won championships and wore the gold medal around their necks. As a child I remember coming with you to some of those games-for me it was a guaranteed meal at McDonalds that was of course only if mom paid you your allowance. Dad, you are a champ-I remember when we lived on Carleton Street in Oromocto. I woke up in the middle of the might hungry-you made me the best bologna sandwich with mustard and butter on my bread. I ate my sandwich, we talked and off to bed I went feeling like a champ myself. And what about my first day at school--the teacher sent me home with Darren as I had "pooped my pants", you didn't get upset--you cleaned me up and sent me off to school as if nothing happened--you loved me and that made me feel special. Not to forget the many days you left F-1 to drive me to school so I wouldn't be late or mess my hair. Now Dad, I have my own family and I am so grateful for them. They love you very much and even though life is very busy and at times it could be days before we visit I want you to always know we are thinking of you and hoping you are having a great day. And dad I want you also to know for the many years you kept me safe I owe it back to you. As your daughter who loves you very much I will always keep you safe and be here for you in any time of need--it's my turn Dad to be your hero. Love Ralph xox
4: Proud big brothers with their new baby sister | Is this when she decided to become a nurse? | Colleen was born in Pembroke Hospital February 19, 1969
5: Yummy!!! | Great Grandma Dorothy Wilson with Colleen | Colleen and Daddy | Petawawa Ont.
6: Big brother Glenn with Colleen | Taking care of baby | Grandma and Grandpa McNaughton's house.
7: Aka Ralph"just one of the boys!!
8: Pretty Poses
9: Flower girl, Uncle Buddy and Judy's wedding | 26 Ypres Petawawa All ready for school. | Mom, Colleen and cousin Derek McNaughton Summerside PEI
11: Mom as Brown Owl | "Tweenie dress up | School Days Oromocto NB. | Eight years (1977) | Nine years (1978) | Eleven years (1980)
12: Big girl babysitter | On the phone again
13: Sports Day Carleton St. Oromocto, NB | Photo for Glenn and Heather. 17 years old | Fun Fun Fun
14: Grade Twelve Prom Colleen and Glenn OHS 1987 | Grade Twelve Graduation, OHS 1987 | Summer 1992 Navy Reserve Recruit Cornwallis, NS | Successful
15: Hard-workimg birthday Feb. 19, 1998 | Debbie Ross and Colleen, Saint John Regional Hospital Graduation 1993 | University of New Brunswick Bachelor of Nursing 2002
16: Then along came Mike Donnelly...
17: The Wedding October 6, 2012
18: Daddy sure can dance... who knew?!!!!
21: Old as she is she still needs her daddy sometimes. Any man can be a Father but it takes a special man to be a Dad.