A Canada Day Weekend Reflection

love not war

On Canada Day weekend, I reflect on the world of 50 years ago. War was raging in Vietnam. There were all kinds of protests about it. Long hair and bell bottom pants were the in thing.  Well, they weren’t in my family:) I was only four then.

Bobby Gimby who wrote the Ca-na-da Song would be invested in 1968 with being an officer of the Order of Canada for “the spirit which he infused into Centennial Celebrations with his trumpet and the song he wrote “Ca-na-da”.1 He felt it was a matter of urgency to write the song to help unite a more divided Canada. The song would go on to sell over 500,000 records, a record for the time. He came to be known as the Pied Piper of Canada. Watch the video and you will find out why.

As we celebrate 150 years of nationhood let us remember the spirit of unity Bobby Gimby inspired. We are an inclusive country that welcomes immigrants from all around the world. We are strong. We have gone through times of war, peace, and now we like many countries are going through times of terrorism. I believe all of us around the world will persevere because we are all united by the common bond of compassion.

On this Canada Day weekend, I’m proud to say, “Je suis un Canadien. I am Canadian.”


  1. http://archive.gg.ca/honours/search-recherche/honours-desc.asp?lang=e&TypeID=orc&id=636

Kevin and Karen Osborne are psychotherapists and pastoral counsellors.  Kevin is studying to become a chaplain and professor of Psychology specializing in Pastoral Theology. Karen enjoys doing cross-stitch while I like writing and singing songs. Karen makes me laugh when she sings the kitty bed-time song saying, “It’s that time. It’s the bestest kitty time of the day!” Kevin enjoys teasing the kitties and making them do kitty dances with music. Their kitty, Catherine, loves it when kitty daddeh sings All Things Bright and Beautiful. Kevin likes doing impressions. He tells children’s stories and helps others with their problems using his hand puppet, Dr. Teddy, who is a therapy bear. He is a partner with us in our counselling practice.We are available to assist with worship and preaching to give busy pastors and ministers a much-needed break. We offer in-office, and phone counselling to anyone in the world.

Co-author on Mind’s Seat, a Christian inspirational blog



About Dr. Kevin Osborne B.A., B.Th., M.A., M.Div., Psy.D. Ph.D. and Th.D. Candidate

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. Two years ago I completed my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) through St. James the Elder University. On Sept. 26th 2020, I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Canadian Christian Theological Seminary. These journeys were started over 20 years ago. In 1997 I received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Canada Christian College & Graduate School. Between working and studying it took 13 years to finish it. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Posted on July 3, 2017, in compassion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Expo was on in Montreal too.

    • Yes, it was. My sister went there when she was 15. She had a wonderful time there enjoying all the rides and going on the train. I wanted to go too, but my parents said I was too young only being four.

      I would like to see us feel more positive about the state of our world like Bobby Gimby was. He was so youthful looking at 46 when he wrote “Ca-na-da”. I would like to see more people have a child-like joy, an enthusiasm for the gift of life. Each day we can do so much to lift up others by listening, and doing what we can to help them.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. It is much appreciated.

      Have a beautiful week!


      • Thank you Kevin. I hear you, and much of what you say is right. We do seem to have lost hope for the future. You can see it reflected in some of the youth of today. I think it is up to us to rekindle that hope.

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