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Chief of Defence Staff, General Jon Vance, CMM, MSC, CD, shakes hands and presents Cadet Sergeant Issac Woods-Hudson with a CDS Gold Coin of Excellence.
"We were most impressed by Isaac's ability to respond to each request we put before him and equally to adjust to last minute changes with his cool aplomb. His role in the choir/piper Amazing Grace was beautiful to watch and hear as he marched away from the choir, down the sidewalk surrounded by the public who were laying their wreaths." - Gerry Wharton, Director of Ceremonies, Wreaths Across Canada
On December 6, 2015, I piped the parade onto the annual Wreaths Across Canada laying of wreaths at the Beechwood Cemetary in Ottawa and played Amazing Grace with the Canadian Military Wives Choir. Over 3,000 wreaths were laid that day. I consider myself honored firstly to be asked to play at such a worthwhile event and secondly, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Vance, who was the guest of honor, presented me with a gold CDS coin of excellence for my part.
Of course, we don't play for these outward forms of recognition. The reason pipers play is for the ability of the pipes, when played by skilled hands, to touch and move people in a way that no other instrument can. That is our reward.
Issac Woods-Hudson with Rear Admiral Gilles Couturier, deputy comander of the Royal Canadian Navy at a Naval Association fundraiser for Soldier On.
Annie Pootoogook memeorial service - Ottawa. The notes from a lament played by Isaac Woods-Hudson on his bagpipe melded with the crying of Pootoogook’s friends and family at the closing moments of the memorial. Woods-Hudson, who is Ojibway, (actually metis, descendant from Ojibwe) Issac said he never met Pootoogook but he was moved by her death and wanted to pay tribute. APTN National News
I think it is important to be involed in the community and help where possible.
I am also an altar server at St Monica's parish. As I am a homeschooler, I am sometimes available for funerals during the week.
I was awarded a "Certificate of Appreciation" from Isabelle Morin, Deputy, Member of Parliament, for outstanding service and contribution as a volunteer. I believe I received this for my contribution to the revitalization committee by way of working in the public garden and playing violin and bagpipes when called upon.