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25 Times You Were Proud To Be Canadian In 2015

Humanity, eh?

1. When, after a blizzard left truck drivers stranded in Revelstoke, British Columbia for two days, local residents came out to the highway to offer them food.

2. When a University of Victoria student was late to her midterms, left a hail mary plea on her windshield, and campus cops compassionately gave her a ticket for $0.

Luiza Salvadori

3. When someone spotted a Sobeys clerk in Halifax walking a blind elderly woman home with her groceries.

Terri Bordage Stevens /

"An employee was helping an elderly lady home as the sidewalks are very icy letting her hold his arm and carry her groceries," the person who took the photo wrote in a Facebook post that's gone viral. "Now that's putting your customers first. Please thank him for being a great employee." The employee was later identified as Austin MacNeill.

4. When Eastern Canada was hit with one of the worst snowstorms this year, and those in the community still left care packages for their neighbours.

MT @NataliaGoodwin: Compass @ 6: Mother-son leave gifts of warmth in Charlottetown #pei

5. When the HMCS Calgary naval unit fulfilled a 10-year-old's dream to serve in the navy, appointing him as an Honourary Captain of their crew, as he battled a rare form of Leukemia.

HMCS Calgary also wrote a profile of young "Liam Elder, Sailor Extraordinaire" on the official Royal Canadian Navy website: "Many members of CFB Esquimalt, such as the Military Police and firefighters, also had the privilege of meeting this extraordinary young man, who undoubtedly left a lasting impression on everyone. His strength and perseverance is an inspiration to us all."

6. When thousands in Ontario bought coffee for strangers in line at Tim Hortons to honour a dad who died tragically this year, and who regularly used to buy coffees for the next person in line.

7. The "paying it forward" movement began to inspire others in the country.

Thanks to the kind man at Tim's in Olds today for buying the whole U12 girls softball team donuts for their tournament. #olds #payitforward

8. And a man at a Tim's in Edmonton, who wanted to remain anonymous, bought 500 cups of coffee — enough for anyone who was planning to order one that day.

9. When Canadians began "Spocking" their $5 bills again to pay tribute to Leonard Nimoy's death and his legacy of being Mr. Spock.

And the defacing of the Canadian $5 bill warms my heart

10. When a group of volunteers in British Columbia spent more than 6 hours protecting and keeping a beached orca whale cool to save its life.

11. When Justin Trudeau posed with openly gay Nova Scotia MP Scott Brison and his family.

The simple gesture touched a lot of citizens. “Few countries in the world display such openness,” wrote Laurent McCutcheon, a Quebec LGBT advocate who shared the photo on Facebook.

12. When the entire town of St. George, Ontario decided to move their Christmas up to mid-October when they heard a 7-year-old boy with cancer would not make it to Christmas.


Residents even put their Christmas decorations up early for young Evan Leversage.

13. When a mom wrote a letter to a teenage boy who helped her 6-year-old daughter learn to skateboard at the park.

You can read the letter here.

14. When Toronto airport workers returned a little girl's lost teddy bear in the most adorable way.

Workers took the teddy on an adventure, even sending it back with a "chaperone" (the airport gift shop teddy on the far right), before it reached the owner in Saskatchewan.

15. When someone's veteran grandpa was asked by a little girl at her school if he would do it all again, and he said, "Yes, for you."

Steven Pridgen

16. When a cop stopped and pulled over at this little girl's lemonade stand to buy a drink from her.

17. When a group of animal lovers in Vancouver rescued 120 dogs from high-kill shelters in California so they can have a second chance at being adopted.

18. When after two dogs in Saskatchewan had a run-in with a porcupine that punctured their lungs, people chipped in more than $12,000 to cover their expensive emergency surgeries.

Go Fund Me
Go Fund Me

After the owner's friend secretly started a crowdfunding campaign.

19. And when people, separately, pitched in over $12,000 to cover medical expenses to save Bruce Almighty, the cat, after she was found tortured and in critical condition in Saskatchewan.

20. When someone in Stouffville, Ontario saved Smiley, a golden retriever with no eyes, from a life of neglect and trained him to be a certified therapy dog.

The K9 Way / Caters News
The K9 Way / Caters News

According to Smiley's owner, he's now helped hundreds of people with physical and mental disabilities.

21. When kids in Halifax hung coats, mittens, scarves, and other winter essentials around the city for the homeless and other kids in need.

Courtesy of Tara Smith-Atkins
Courtesy of Tara Smith-Atkins

22. And when people extended their hands and hearts to new refugees in Canada this year...

Syrian families arrive in #yyc this little girl was handed a toy. @calgaryherald

23. Above all politics...

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24. Any differences aside...

#WelcomeToCanada Tear of Joy to see our humanity back. #refugeeswelcome

25. And put people first.

You are here and you are safe. You are here and you are loved. You are here and you can stay. Never been more proud. #WelcomeToCanada