A Ukrainian flag drapes above the front door of retired Lieutenant-General Michel Maisonneuve’s St. Catharines home. On the door hangs a wreath with one word through the middle: Thankful.
Both adornments seem fitting.
Maisonneuve, a former chief of staff of NATO’s Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, is constitutionally dispositioned to care about global security events like the war in Ukraine, and now, Israel-Hamas. And it’s mere days since Thanksgiving when I meet him and his wife of 22 years, retired Major Barbara Maisonneuve, whom he describes as the “woman of my dreams.”
When I’m ushered inside the couple’s cozy, tidy home, I notice something less typical for the fall season: Christmas music.
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