- Published: Tuesday, 04 July 2017 11:13
- Written by Meaford MAyor Barb Clumpus
Welcome everyone and HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!
We begin our celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday this morning with the acknowledgement that we stand on the ancestral lands of the Saugeen Metis of the Anishanabi Nation at a time of reconciliation with the past and in the dawn of hope for a future of inclusiveness and brotherhood.
Being Canadian means many things to each of us. Coming from a military family, I have had the privilege of living in several communities from the west coast to the east coast. Each of them were quite different, but, like our municipality, all held the strong common bonds of community, of shared hopes and dreams for our young people, of care and compassion for our most vulnerable. The vistas may change across this country, and the landscape will reflect the unique beauty and the challenges of each corner of our land, but at the heart of a Canadian lies the knowledge and appreciation that people here value each other, that we can rely on our neighbours, our friends, our communities, and that working together for the common good can produce amazing successes.