Monday, July 11, 2005

Amazing Canadians

I came back from Kelowna yesterday thinking about what people are doing these days that are bringing about positive change. I came up with the names of two Canadians: Lilian To and Chuck Cadman. Extraordinary contributions in their own ways... Unfortunately, Canada experienced a huge loss as they both passed away this week.

Lilian To was the CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S, an organization that "assists new Canadians in overcoming language and cultural barriers, achieving self-reliance and contributing fully to Canadian society". My co-worker's kids grew up with Lilian's kids and mentioned her devotion to her work with those new to the country, doing 14 hour days, 7 days a week. She was front line to advocacy speaking out for equality for all Canadians.

Chuck Cadman, was an Independent Member of Parliament who is most famous for his recent vote to keep the minority Liberal government alive in Canada. I knew him as the father of a kid, Jesse, in my former high school who was murdered by a gang. From that point on, he fought for youth justice (including sentencing the youth responsible for Jesse's death in adult court - life sentence) and held integrity for his cause.

If you knew that your end was near, could you say that you have done your best to contributing all that you can to your family, city, or the world? How would you like to be remembered?

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