Canada is only as strong as the individual neighbourhoods of which it is comprised. In honour of Canada 150, we asked the people of Toronto-St. Paul’s to nominate an “Outstanding Neighbour” who is making a difference in their community. We heard from people all over the riding about individuals who have supported their neighbours in so many ways. People who painted murals on public streets, arranged clothing drives, planned street parties – genuine acts of “neighbourliness”, as Jane Jacobs called it. I am proud to represent so many inspiring people who are committed to bettering our community, our country and our planet.
On Sunday, November 26th, we honoured over 60 of these remarkable individuals at a ceremony where they were presented with a special Canada 150 pin, made from the original copper roofing installation of the 1918 Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. It was such a pleasure to have these Outstanding Neighbours in one room and to be able to recognize their hard work.
Thank you to our Master of Ceremonies, City Councillor Joe Mihevc, and to Steve Teekens for speaking about the importance of reconciliation. Canada 150 was a difficult time for many Indigenous peoples, and as we look ahead to Canada 151, it’s important to remember that we can, and must, do better.
Congratulations to all our Outstanding Neighbours and thank you so much for all that you do! Your remarkable actions are making life better for everyone in our communities and building a stronger country for the next 150 years!