“You have a right to be here.”

Debbie Zimmerman speaking at WINspirational Women. Photo credit: Renate Hodges.
She spoke these words a few times over the course of the evening and – most powerfully – she ended on them. “You have a right to be here.”

Debbie Zimmerman, CEO of Grape Growers of Ontario and long-time local politician was speaking to a room full of women (and a few men) at Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce‘s Women in Niagara (WIN) Council event: WINspirational Women. I had the additional pleasure of sitting beside Debbie’s mother, Pearle Roy, and chatting with her about how strong all of her daughters are. Continue reading ““You have a right to be here.””

How we differ

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in Tuesday’s election, I’ve had many discussions about the ways in which Canada and the United States differ. At a fundamental level, our values appear to be different.

It is a difference between valuing the individual and valuing the community.

There’s been a great deal of criticism directed at “lefties” and “lieberals” who just can’t take a loss; who are “crybabies” taking to the street to throw their “temper tantrum;” who label everyone who voted for Trump as racists and bigots. That last point is the one we hear the most about. People who voted for a racist and a bigot are upset that they’re being called racists and bigots themselves. Continue reading “How we differ”