As we tiptoe into a new year that bears a name that promises clear vision – 2020 – let’s reflect on what makes this country a great shining beacon of freedom and democracy to the rest of the world.
Canada is blessed not just with immense geographic beauty but with communities that care about one other. Our most precious natural resource is our people. Canadians are tenacious, resourceful, innovative – and caring. We celebrate together in times of joy. We pull together in times of need. We grieve for each other in times of loss.
We must never lose sight of what’s important: Family, community, friends.
Now’s a good time to take stock of what and who makes us the envy of the world.
Thank you to those tireless volunteers who work with the most vulnerable in our midst. We all know someone whose work makes a difference. They feed the hungry and comfort those who are lonely and dispossessed.
Thank you to those who keep us well: Nurses and doctors with great skill, who daily perform quiet miracles to ease pain and suffering.
Thank you to our firefighters, paramedics and police. Through long days and difficult nights, they’re our front line of protection.
Thank you classroom teachers, to whom we entrust our precious next generation.
Thank you to members of our Armed Forces. Our military personnel are acknowledged and admired internationally for their skill, training and expertise. They serve in the most difficult and dangerous conflicts and they make us all proud when they do so. All of Canada stands taller because of their service.
Individually, this is a time when, traditionally, we make New Year resolutions to slim down, to quit smoking, to get fit. Collectively, we can pledge to make a change.
Strong families and caring communities are the bedrock of a stable society. Generations before us built on that foundation. We cannot rest on their laurels. We are heirs to a great nation. Let’s fight to keep that legacy alive.
We all have something to offer: Reach out to a lonely neighbour. Help a child reach her dream.
One small, kind gesture can make a difference. A thousand helping hands can change the world.