Community is powerful. That’s why Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” Imagine what we have achieved together in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging our motherland-Sierra Leone. The Ebola Awareness Rally was an event that impacted the lives of many people, and the simple act of walking through the streets of Vancouver with placards and a megaphone has enabled many people to go from merely sharing in a cause to becoming a community that helped one another live our lives in difficult times. Alex Stojanovic, participant in the rally and an active member of our community posted this on our Facebook page, “It takes a lot of energy and commitment to have people come together, and I would like to thank you for allowing me to take part in the walk for EBOLA with you. Your children have had their first school lesson for the year. COMPASSION!”
Ticia Sufian-Kargbo, one of the organizers of the march also commented on our Facebook page, “It's such a good feeling to see that we can all come together in solidarity for this cause. Great work everyone. The walk, the chants, the rain and the common purpose all worked together to produce a successful rally. Keep up the good work.”
This is the true spirit of community. Community becomes even more powerful when it includes the entire community. When all members of the community pull together for a united cause, the power becomes unlimited. The change, or transformation, that occurs from the entire community is something greater than just what a small group of the community or an individual can achieve. We all have something to contribute. One may be a storyteller. Another may be an inventor. Some may be artists, and others mathematicians. Continuing in this spirit, what we will create will be something remarkable. Let us keep the good work with love and appreciation for the people in our lives who make a difference…….people like you. Kudos to all!