‘Tis the Season for Hope

When I reflect on our current crisis I also see hope. A perfect example is the incredible work being done on a vaccine. Never before have we come together to solve a vaccine puzzle in such a short period of time. Countries, health organizations, scientists and philanthropists have come together from the beginning in a manner never seen before. The speed at which our world has created promising vaccines for this virus is unprecedented. Yes, it has taken a herculean effort to get us to this point but we have done something unique and creative.

In a strange way, the way that we’ve come together as a world to fight this pandemic has re-energized my belief in the human spirit — in our ability to be positive change agents in the world.

And as we enter the beginning of winter I am struck by the incredible displays of lights in our communities. For so many cultures and religions this is a time of celebration.

Hanukkah / Christmas / Diwali / Kwanzaa celebrations all incorporate Light at This Time of Year

The Season of Light is when many cultures and religions around the world celebrate their beliefs and their customs. It is no coincidence that these celebrations arrive when our days are the shortest and darkness permeates our reality.

As we enter this year’s season, I find myself pondering the parallels between the daily COVID news and these cultural times of renewal and hope. And I actually do see a brightening — a hope — during this pandemic. We are experiencing something truly amazing in our world right now — the significant collaborative human ingenuity that is leading us to a vaccine. And while we are not out of the woods yet, this collective effort truly is a brightness — a hope — that is leading us to a better tomorrow.

Saanich School District offices

At work I have a daily reminder of the importance of ‘pulling together’ — of being hopeful. Our District Office foyer showcases a cedar canoe and paddles hand-crafted by a local Indigenous carver from the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation. Inscribed on the plaque below the canoe are the following words:

Pulling Together – This canoe symbolizes all partner groups and stakeholders as a collective paddling together in a canoe towards our Indigenous Education goals and vision for the future.

W̱SÁNEĆ First Nation (Dec 19, 2018)

As we enter this season of light and good intentions, let’s remember that HOPE will carry us through the difficult days ahead as we build a path to a brighter future.

Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season.

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