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Corner Brook man says being a reservist is something to be proud of

The cupcake making station was a hit with two-year-old Dana Carberry at the Military Family Resource Centre Corner Brook Satellite Office’s meet and greet on Saturday. Dana’s dad, Paul Carberry, who watched over her work, is a reservist. The event was held at the Massey Drive Town Hall.
The cupcake making station was a hit with two-year-old Dana Carberry at the Military Family Resource Centre Corner Brook Satellite Office’s meet and greet on Saturday. Dana’s dad, Paul Carberry, who watched over her work, is a reservist. The event was held at the Massey Drive Town Hall. - Diane Crocker

Three years ago, Paul Carberry made a career change from pharmacy assistant to reservist with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment.

He’s fulltime with the regiment’s 2nd Battalion based in his hometown of Corner Brook.

He said the change came after he finally decided to take the advice of an uncle who had served with the navy for 41 years and had been encouraging him to join up.

It turned out to be a change for the better.

“I’m more confident,” said Carberry. “Just happier at my job.”

It’s job that is filled with camaraderie and he enjoys the training part of it a lot.

“It’s a good job, something to be proud of.”

So far Carberry has only had to be away from his family for training and that is often in the summer.

He tries not to think about having to leave his wife and two children for long periods of time should the battalion be deployed outside the province.  

“It helps having a good wife,” he said with a smile.

The Carberry family of Corner Brook spent part of Saturday afternoon enjoying themselves at the Military Family Resource Centre Corner Brook Satellite Office’s meet and greet held at the Massey Drive Town Hall. The family includes Paul, a local reservist, his wife, Leah, and children, Dana, 2, and seven-month-old Rick.
The Carberry family of Corner Brook spent part of Saturday afternoon enjoying themselves at the Military Family Resource Centre Corner Brook Satellite Office’s meet and greet held at the Massey Drive Town Hall. The family includes Paul, a local reservist, his wife, Leah, and children, Dana, 2, and seven-month-old Rick.

On Saturday, Carberry, his wife, Leah, and two children, Dana, two years old, and Rick, seven months old, attended a meet and greet hosted by the Military Family Resource Centre Corner Brook Satellite Office at the Massey Drive Town Hall.

The centre provides assistance to military families, like the Carberrys, through the provision of information, resources and services. 

The event, attended by about 15 people, was a first for the centre’s two new co-ordinators, Kelly Hartley and Jenna Vautier.

Hartley said it’s not always recognized as such, but Corner Brook is a military community and they hope to make people more aware of that and of the contribution made by people who serve.

The centre serves members of the regular forces, reservists, veterans and rangers, and will soon be adding cadet instructor cadres to its list. The Corner Brook office, located at the Gallipoli Armoury, serves the entire west coast from Port aux Basques to St. Anthony.

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