Making a bold vision reality

Members of the community celebrate with Susan McIsaac at the announcement of the $116.1-million raised in support of our city.

Members of the community celebrate with Susan McIsaac at the announcement of the $116.1-million raised in support of our city.

On January 31, we announced an incredible achievement—$116.1-million raised to help build a strong, healthy and vibrant city. That kind of support wouldn’t have been possible without people rallying behind a shared understanding of why the support is needed, how it’s invested and to what end.

The vision we share is a bold one. It’s one where the lives of people living in our city are very different from what they are now. We envision a city where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential and they aren’t disadvantaged by where they live. Where there are no gaps in access to services, opportunities or between neighbourhoods.

I think all we recognize that what we imagine for our city won’t be easy. We know that it will be a long road. But when I consider the 22,000 volunteers, 900 workplaces, corporate and community leaders, government partners and more than 200 social service agencies working together, it feels possible.

When I think about what we’re all working towards and the road ahead of us, I’m reminded of the book Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Written by T.E. Lawrence, the book chronicles his remarkable experiences in North Africa (1916-1918). What was most inspiring about Lawrence was his unwavering commitment to a vision of what North Africa could be in a time when it didn’t seem possible.

 Lawrence writes: “All men dream:  but not equally.  Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity:  but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” 

When we all work together, we are acting on our dream, our vision, with our eyes open and our goal clearly in sight. Together we are bringing our city—every moment, every day, every year— one step closer to making our bold vision a reality.