Connor Lewis admits he was one of those kids who didn’t care if the shirt he grabbed for school was wrinkled or not.
That was before he signed up for a Navy co-op program offered through an unique partnership between HMCS Hunter Naval Reserve and local school boards.
Now, his personal standards are much higher and the creases in his uniform were clean and crisp as he joined 19 other co-op classmates for a graduation ceremony at HMCS Hunter Thursday night.
“Wearing the uniform is an honour,” the 17-year-old said. “As soon as I put it on for the first time, I felt different. People look up to this uniform. I’m seen as a part of Canada and I need to reflect Canadian values. It pushes me to be better.”
Ordinary Seaman Lewis said the Navy co-op experience of the past six months “was definitely life changing. It changed me as a person, it changed my outlook.”