Message from Mayor Peter Robb
Happy Canada Day!
This time last year as we realized just how serious Covid19, and a worldwide pandemic was impacting our lives, we became aware of the uncertainty of what this would mean for our future, and we were asked to follow restrictions on daily routines that we took for granted. As well as individual restrictions, our communities were asked not to hold public celebrations or gatherings of any kind.
Today as I write this year's Canada Day message, I feel extremely optimistic about our future! Although we still are living with a pandemic and some restrictions still apply, there are so many reasons to be hopeful. We have not one but three vaccines available, which is an amazing accomplishment considering the timeline, and our vaccination campaign is proving to be successful.
When I think about Canada Day and what makes me proud to be a Canadian, I think of our community. How could you not be optimistic when the definition of your towns name "Hope" means "the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best" or "to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence".
I am so proud of our community and your resilience and willingness in keeping our town safe, especially during the pandemic. You have shown compassion when helping the most vulnerable in our community by making sure to keep in touch, donating to the food bank, picking up groceries and so many other acts of kindness. You have also exhibited your appreciation and support to our healthcare and frontline workers by honking your horns and cheering as well as the many cards, gifts and food packages that you have dropped off for them.
We are blessed with living in a town where we can access all things we need while surrounded by amazing natural landscape, which provides us with so many outdoor activities.
As we celebrate Canada Day it is a good reminder to reflect on our differences and be respectful and accepting of the many contributions which make up this great country. We need to all stand up to inequality and discrimination to ensure that we create a safe and inclusive society.
On behalf of the District of Hope Council and Staff we look forward to seeing you in person at Memorial Park next year.
THERE IS HOPE IN OUR FUTURE.... Give it a shot! GET VACCINATED!
Mayor Peter Robb