60 Seconds with Brigadier-General Joe Paul, Commander 4th Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (Central)
That’s it! Oh la la! What did I miss? Does it make sense?
Hi, kwe, bonjour. I am Brigadier-General Joe Paul. I’m the commanding officer of 4th Canadian Div.
So, today, we will take, I guess, the 60 seconds challenge.
- What has been your biggest challenge?
Leading my battle group in combat in Kandahar.
- If you were not in the Canadian Armed Forces, what would you want to do?
Go back to teaching history.
- Maple Leafs, Blue Jays or Grey Wolves?
- What would you tell a recruit on his first day of training?
Never give up and you’re the greatest team.
- Who was your inspiration, and why?
My parents, because they have been resilient. They have always known how to overcome the various challenges they’ve faced.
- What is the best advice you have ever received?
“Joe, stop worrying about it.”
- What advice would you give to an Indigenous person who is thinking about joining the Canadian Armed Forces?
You’ve just joined a big family, and you don’t have to give up your identity.
- What was your first job?
I worked for the Conseil de la bande de la Nation Huronne-Wendat, on a cultural project.
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