Naval reservist teaches high school students and NATO partners
Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Reservist and High school teacher, Petty Officer Second Class Lyle Morrison, continues his teachings outside of his classroom as he mentors fellow RCN sailors and trains with our NATO allies.
PO2 Morrison was born in Thompson, M.B., raised in Thunder Bay, O.N., and now resides in Ottawa, O.N. where he works a full-time civilian job as a teacher and serves part-time in the Naval Reserve at HMCS Carleton.
A life-long learner, PO2 Morrison joined the naval reserve unit HMCS Griffon (Thunder Bay) in 2005 as a Marine Technician. He joined the RCN because it presented him with an opportunity to learn something new and to work with his hands.
Aside from being a Marine Technician in the RCN, PO2 Morrison has worked as an instructor for military recruits, taught First Aid courses, studied engineering at Canadian Forces Fleet School Québec, and participated in Exercise TRADEWINDS in the Dominican Republic where he instructed allied nations on RCN damage control strategies, to name just a few of the challenging and rewarding experiences the RCN has presented to him. Most recently, PO2 Morrison was appointed to the Naval Security Team, a group of highly skilled RCN members consisting of various seagoing occupations that deploy in support of Government of Canada missions where they are responsible for safeguarding ships while they are in foreign ports. The RCN has provided PO2 Morrison with greater opportunities than he could have ever imagined.
For anyone considering joining the RCN, PO2 Morrison says there is tremendous room to grow and it can change your life. However, he notes that a career in the military is not for everyone.
“If you value creature comforts over adventure, or convenience over hard work, then this probably isn’t the organization for you,” PO2 Morrison says. “If you want to challenge yourself, try something new, travel the world and meet incredible people, then it might be worth a try. “
PO2 Morrison enjoys teaching and sharing his stories with others and he encourages Canadians to ask military members in their communities about their experiences.
“The uniform is just a set of clothes,” he says.
“We are ordinary people who belong to an extraordinary organization. We are just citizens trying to do some good in the world. Every sailor has a story that’s worth hearing. Ask them. Find out about the person in the uniform. You may have more in common than you think.”
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