Thanks Giving Thoughts

Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada, a day for reflection and a day for celebration for all the gifts we have received.

In today’s times of worry, fear and in some places – anger, it is good for the soul to take a moment and look at the other side of the coin.

Personally, I am grateful for the opportunity I have had to make a difference in our world through the Happy Community Project. At last count, we have been able to affect the lives of 30,000 people and probably more for there is always a multiplier effect. I am grateful for the hundreds of individuals who have stepped forward and contributed to the wellbeing and resiliency of their communities. I am grateful for the dozens of peoples who have provided the background support that has made this possible. And I am grateful for the people who are stepping forward today to help us get even better at making our communities more socially connected, belonging and caring.

Each of these people is bringing light and inspiration into our world and I am grateful to you.

I am also grateful that I live in a place where people have the respect for each other to wear masks, maintain physical distancing and gather in small groups. It has enabled us to live in a society with one of the lowest rates of Covid in the world where our businesses can remain open, we can go out into the world without fear, and live a reasonably normal life.

I am grateful for the family I have around me, and the brightness and hope my grandchildren bring to my life.

But above all, I am grateful for you. You are one of 10,000 people who continue to show interest, curiosity and support that brings me hope for the future of our children and grandchildren. I draw my strength and hope from you.

Thank you.


PS – if you have an idea for a project for your community and want support for putting it into action, check out the Connected Communities Program.

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