Thoughts on the future of Campbell River: All in it together
On March 19, Campbell River Mirror editor Alistair Taylor presented ideas of what he’d like to see happen in Campbell River over the next few years and he invited readers to submit their own. Well, the response was strong and we present some of them here. If others would still like to contribute, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for ‘Out on a limb’ March 12, 2014 asking for my vision of Campbell River. What I would like to see for Campbell River is what I would like to see for all communities.
I’d like to see a community where everyone: individuals, families, neighbourhoods, the business community, the social service sector, the environmental sector and the municipal government recognizes that we are all in this together. I’d like to see a community that understands increased reliance on food banks, lack of meaningful work for people with disabilities, increased vulnerabilities for young children, homelessness, family violence and addictions, amongst many others, diminish the quality of life for the whole community. I’d like to see a community that recognizes social conscience and economic success are intertwined.
I’d like to see a community that chooses to come together to talk about the things that affect it most directly, with a mind to developing a broad-based social policy framework that could guide decision-making, set directions for the future, identify important connections – inside and outside the community – and lead to better results for the health and well-being of children, families, and the community.
I’d like to see a community that is willing to take the risk of talking and listening to all of its members.
T. L. Moist