Hornby Citizenship

"Never doubt that a small group of concerned citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

I am continually touched by the grassroots activism here on Hornby Island.  People bravely use their voice, their vote and get up to get involved, caring for one another, for our island home and for the world.  Each and everyday there are numerous community events and groups working together to make our world a better place.

Michael went to a town meeting today to further discuss the future of vacation rentals on Hornby Island.  It was well attended with people prepared to voice their perspectives and concerns.  People came to tell their elected officials what they want on their island home and to help steer the course of the island we all love so much.  It is powerful to see and hear people stand up for what they think is important and protect the life they want to lead.

Not far away I was helping with our volunteer fire department's annual Cadet Camp, a 2-day camp during Spring Break for kids aged 10 to 14.  The cadets learn how to save themselves and their families from the danger of fire.   The cadets have a great time during such varied activities as getting themselves out of a smoke filled building, experimenting with fire behaviour, using fire streams and hoses, and cutting a car apart with tools of auto extrication.  This fun day is a  powerful opportunity to teach fire prevention and safety, potentially saving lives.

When I lived in the city I never found the time to get involved.  But living here on Hornby is teaching me how much we are a part of one another and how extremely powerful that is.


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