Episode 031 – Pte Joshua Rigg

Pte Joshua Rigg was born in Walkerton, Ontario. He is currently 19 years old and he is a single child. Though, he considers his closest female cousin as his sister since they grew up very closely together. His immediate family consists of himself, his mother, aunt, sister, grandmother and grandpa. Most of his family lives in Brampton; however he has had to move to Toronto in order to go into grade nine at Jarvis Collegiate Institute.

When he was 12 years old his mother signed him up in the Army Cadet program because she thought he could use more discipline. Throughout his cadet career, he transferred from two different cadet units before his found his home at the 48th Highlanders of Canada. There he achieved the Cadet rank of Master Warrant Officer and held the position of Drill Sergeant Major and the highest award in the Canadian Cadet program: the Lord Strathcona Medal. Before aging out of the Cadet program, he received the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence and a scholarship from law firm for college.

In September of 2014, he’ll be starting his second year of the Police Foundations Program at Humber College. In April 2015, he’ll be graduating with his diploma and has the intention to transfer his credits to Ryerson University for Criminology. The lawyer who presented him the scholarship saw his interests in becoming a police officer with the Toronto Police Service and a soldier with the Canadian Army. He has helped Pte Rigg enlist as a Private in the 48th Highlanders of Canada. Today, he is one of his mentors and is a Major with the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada.

Pte Rigg was sworn into the Canadian Army in October 2013 and started his Basic Military Qualification course a week later. The course was 13 weekends long and was very memorable. He learned a lot of new things, gained new skills and made new friends. He also earned the distinction of being named the course top candidate. That is his biggest accomplishment to date, but after completing his infantry trade courses by the end of the summer of 2014, he expects that that would likely be his biggest accomplishment.

Before entering the Canadian Army he took a year off after graduating high school in the summer of 2012. Before entering college, he worked security at different sites around downtown Toronto. He has worked at Scotiabank Plaza, Bell Media/CP24 Building and a mall across Dundas Square. Pte Rigg has also had the opportunity to work with the Toronto Police Service as Youth in Policing Initiative summer student and spoke at their media launch in front of Police Chief Bill Blair.

Pte Rigg continues to progress towards his goal to become a police constable with the Toronto Police Service and progressing through the ranks as a Canadian Soldier. He says “Without the help of many people in what I’ve done so far, I wouldn’t be anywhere as close to my dreams as I have expected.”

During the intro to this episode, I mentioned the Bunker Military Museum in Cobalt, Ontario.  Please check them out if ever you find yourself between North Bay and New Liskeard.  The museum can also be found at this link.

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Pte Rigg participated in the Toronto Police Service Youth in Policing Initiative

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Cadet MWO Rigg visits Toronto Police HQ

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Cadet MWO Rigg is awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence by MWO Pat Love of the 4th Canadian Division HQ.

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Pte Rigg on his Basic Military Qualification course at Fort York Armoury.

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Pte Rigg poses for a ‘selfie’ on the range during his BMQ.

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Pte Rigg wearing his new Infantry cap badge after topping his BMQ in the Spring of 2014.

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Pte Rigg relaxing in a Canadian modular tent.

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Pte Rigg and a friend from the 48th IBCT

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Pte Rigg with his section mates from the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, The Royal Regiment of Canada, The 4th Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, The 48th Highlanders of Canada and The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s) and instructors from the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise’s) and The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother’s Own).

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Pte Rigg on Exercise Stalwart Guardian ’14.

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