Community involvement adds value to Hope

People can chose to merely live in a community or chose to take part in it

In response to Michelle Richardson’s letter to the editor (True leadership is action, not position, May 29), I wish to indicate my agreement with her statements.

Communities and its various leaders (politicians, business, non-profit, community groups, religious, etc.) have chosen to take action and undertake efforts at moving forward towards solutions and desired outcomes.

This is not an easy or even thankful task as many struggle on, striving to achieve a vision despite skepticism and easy criticism. They deserve our support and respect even if we don’t agree with their position.

People can chose to merely live in a community or chose to take part in it. In choosing to take part, I believe they all make this community better in that they develop visions of what should be and actively take positive steps and engage others to achieve these goals. It is not easy.

Community leadership takes its toll on one’s free time, requires research and work to be done if it is meaningful change one seeks. Finally it often requires one to suffer the proverbial slings and arrows that people will hurl at them and not necessarily their arguments or goals. Michelle is correct when she eloquently states, one should “refrain from complaining and criticizing others, for their efforts.”

I am happy to say that living in Hope (literally and metaphorically) there are many individuals and groups who provide positive energy and are working to shape the future rather than sit idly by on the sidelines and let events dictate how our community will exist. Groups like the Chamber of Commerce, service clubs, arts groups, Hope Care Transit, Hope Golf Club, etc. add so much value to our community – but only through their positive efforts.

I was reminded of the positive impact Hope Motorsports Group has had in bringing in a midway as part of their event this past weekend. We are all the richer for it.

John Fortoloczky,

Resident and taxpayer in Hope

Just Posted

Laidlaw racer nets first place in B.C. among A-Class mud racers

Cody Leach has poured his energy and his hard-earned dollars into the sport he loves

A look inside Hope’s 20-bed emergency shelter, just over a month since it opened

Manager Sharon Holburn and Gerry Dyble, executive director of HATS, answer questions about the shelter and homelessness in Hope

Thriller feature film shot entirely in Hope in 2016 released online

Sweet Virginia includes scenes at the Skagit Motor Inn, Othello Tunnels and Hope Secondary

Highest earning staff at Fraser-Cascade School District made public

Also board looks into seat belts on school buses, Marv Cope gets road in his memory

Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Dale on filming horror-thriller in Hope

In an exclusive interview, Dale explains why the town plays a large role in Antlers

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Police looking into two more incidents at private Toronto all-boys’ school

Police and the school have said two of the prior incidents involved an alleged sexual assault

5 to start your day

Body found in Maple Ridge ID’ed as Hells Angel, Japanese ‘rising sun’ flag gone from Langley classroom and more

Bovine tuberculosis found in cow on southern B.C. farm

CFIA said the disease was found during slaughter and they are investigating

Air force getting more planes but has no one to fly them, auditor warns

The report follows several years of criticism over the Trudeau government’s decision not to launch an immediate competition to replace the CF-18s.

B.C.’s Esi Edugyan wins $100K Giller prize for Washington Black

Edugyan won her first Scotiabank Giller Prize in 2011 for Half-Blood Blues

Bolder action needed to reduce child poverty: Campaign 2000 report card

The report calls for the federal government to provide more funding to the provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to expand affordable, quality child care.

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

Protesters accused the migrants of being messy, ungrateful and a danger to Tijuana; complained about how the caravan forced its way into Mexico, calling it an “invasion.”

Ottawa Redblacks defensive back Jonathan Rose suspended for Grey Cup

Rose was flagged for unnecessary roughness and ejected for contacting an official with 37 seconds left in the first half following a sideline melee after a Tiger-Cats reception.

Most Read