Raise Her Voice @ Podium
Day 6, Wednesday, July 4
by Caroline Thomas

This morning we bid farewell to Memorial University in St. John’s for our 690km trek to Corner Brook. I am not a big fan of being on a bus for 7 hours but the kids were terrific! I didn’t hear one complaint. We watched The Greatest Showman and some other movies to pass time.

The vistas along the ride were stunning. Deep blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean juxtaposed between treelined rock. Newfoundland is like an undiscovered gem geographically.

Along our journey, we had a serendipitous opportunity to meet Diane Davis from the town of Gander, Newfoundland. Thanks to Cheryl Duvall.
Diane, a now-retired teacher, helped 750 people housed at the town’s elementary school. There is a character in the hit Broadway show, Come From Away, based on her story.
She gave us a tour of the airport in Gander, a town that hosted 6,500 stranded passengers from 38 planes which were redirected as the US shut down their airspace, as a result of 9/11.

She talked about the fact there was suspicion that the planes might have held yet unidentified terrorists. And imagine in a town of 10,000 residents still opening homes, churches and schools to these displaced weary travellers. Hearing with much emotion her recollections of the event reminded me again of the kindness and generosity that still exists in a world of uncertainty.

I would be interested to see what your girls thought that discussion. They all would have been so young at that time. I often wonder what they think about the world around them.

Arriving at the camp at West Haven, the girls quickly settled into their rooms and went for a walk along the beach after dinner. Card games and random singing ensued. And lots of laughing – the kind that hurts your sides… ?. It is so fun being around these girls.

We are now officially in the home stretch. I know you must be missing your daughters. They are missing you too!