My patriotism for the city and country is unstoppable
I have the passion, interest and desire to serve the residents of Ward 5
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I have strong convictions to promote Human Decency, Compassion and the Joy of Giving, add fairness and compromise to become my guiding principles for decision makings.
I love Canada since the day I arrived in July 24, 1974 from Hong Kong. I was 15 then and has grown to become a very proud Canadian in my adult years actively promoting patriotism wherever I go. How can we not when we are fortunate to live in one of the best country in the world? As we are democratic, diverse, polite, tolerant and wonderful people. Canada flags are proudly flying at our home and on my car, even when I am in rural Quebec.
Skill sets for future leaders
Lately, I’ve been asking: When did we give up on math? I’m not good in math! This phrase is being heard so often from so many and has become generally acceptable, why? I attribute to the mass production of cheap calculators in the 70s.
Yes, it may be true that we don’t need to use our brain to figure out subtractions and divisions, but I believe our educators may have missed the point about the important of mathematics; Mathematics is not just about adding and multiplying numbers, it is about logic, a medium to train our mind and constantly provide exercise for our brain, and to be logical.
To put things in perspective, if I recall correctly, since we were 7 or 8 in Hong Kong, our daily assignments in grade school included up to 90 math questions, including Saturdays. The end result is that a year or two later when we were asked to add multiple phone numbers in our head, some smart ones would utter the answer as soon as the last digit was written, and that is not the important part, it was quite remarkable that the others would only take a few seconds longer to provide the correct answer. What do you think the reactions would be if we do the same with our grade 12 and university students?
Legalization of Cannabis
Legalization of cannabis in 2018 will set a new course for our country’s future. Once it is implemented, there is no turning back. We simply can’t afford to be on the wrong path! This is far too important. I decided that I needed a prepared statement.
Since pot has always been illegal, I highly doubt that we have adequate data to analyze the true effect of long-term use and if you are not a user, you simply do not understand the feelings and actions behind the chase for a high, similar to men will never understands the miracle of childbirth.
My personality makes it easy for people to open up to me because I don’t judge. Through my personal and professional life, I have the opportunity to interact and befriend with scores of people from all walks of life from all backgrounds of all ages, including some users. It is a lifestyle choice, but just like highway speeding, they don’t feel they are criminals.
This is a fact: not everyone does, but once an individual develops into a daily user, the only priority is to never run out and if you do, as in any addiction or obsession, the focus and priority will become how and where to get some NOW, legal or not!
The Joy of Giving
THE JOY OF GIVING: The more you give of yourself, the more you find of yourself
We all know how great it feels to receive gifts. However, the joy of getting is short-lived. Our lives are richer when we share, and that great inner joy comes from helping others to better their lives. Truly giving from the heart fills your life with joy and nourishes your soul. Giving provides an intrinsic reward that’s far more valuable than the gift. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “To find yourself, lose yourself in the service of others.” Giving takes you out of yourself and allows you to expand beyond earthly limitations. True joy lies in the act of giving without an expectation of receiving something in return.
Academic research and thousands of years of human history confirm that achieving meaning, fulfillment, and happiness in life comes from making others happy, and not from being self-centred. Mother Teresa is a famous example. She found fulfillment in giving of herself to others. She helped change the expression on dying people’s faces from distress and fear to calmness and serenity. She made their undeniable pain a little easier to bear.