In celebrating Canada this weekend in Sidney, people will be having a great time in a community full of energy, with plenty to offer families, visitors and long-time residents alike.
It is a big party. After all, it’s Canada’s 146th birthday. We can look forward to some patriotic events during Sidney Days this Sunday and Monday —such as flag-waving, wearing of the nation’s colours, singing the national anthem and re-affirming one’s allegiance to the country.
Then, we shoot off a bunch of fireworks in a colourful display that, while not an exclusively Canadian tradition, announces another year in this great country.
Along the way, we hope that people will think on what it means to be Canadian and the role our communities play in keeping the country strong.
A big part of that is our citizens’ willingness to stand up and be counted on matters of local, provincial, national and even international importance. We can be glad we live somewhere where we have the ability to help lead change — in both large and small areas.
It could be said that many of us spend our time worrying over so-called First World problems, but we do live in a country that isn’t plagued by violence, unrest or overwhelming disaster.
Yes, Canada has its problems and we can all find at least one thing to lament. But at least we can have capacity to do something about it.
Whether its voting in elections, volunteering time to help others or setting a positive example to those around you, you are living what it means to be Canadian.
There is a certain level of freedom in this country, enabling us to seek change, to seek a better life — or even to do little and simply enjoy what Canada has to offer. That’s yet another choice that we have the freedom to make.