I read with pleasure the heartwarming commentary by Michael Dailly. What wonderful leadership this councillor displays; Nelson is the richer for it. (I live in Area F and don’t vote in Nelson.)
There are so many quotable, meaningful paragraphs,from the mention of our “pluralistic society” with some “louder voices than others” and the mention that “all voices both loud and soft” should be represented, to “the freedom to express one’s views” being “at the foundation of our democracy” to “emotions can run high … and people can even get upset.” But the most important sentence surely is “This is how we collectively find our way and move closer to becoming an inclusive, caring, sustainable community that leaves no one excluded.”
Wars often start at home with secrecy, small infractions, disagreements and back-room dealings. If not remediated, they build. Real peace is only achieved through openness, consultation, explanation and the inclusion of all.
Leaders of whatever groups and boards, from small to large, here or elsewhere, must remember that exclusion and punishment usually have negative effects which, in extreme cases, lead to war or violence, whereas inclusivity creates real peace, understanding and a solid base for communion.
Thank you Michael for your insight and wisdom.
Ann Alma, Beasley