How Do You #ShowLove?

The last couple of weeks have been rough: a number of shootings in our city, a horrifying attack on a mosque in Quebec, and more evidence of the increasing polarization in politics. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by all that’s going on; looking at the news in our city, and worldwide, has been challenging. Even more so, for those of us who are active on social media where our news feeds can quickly fill up with negative stories.

It’s easy to feel helpless, anxious, and overwhelmed. How do we stay informed and engaged without succumbing to a feeling of hopelessness? It’s challenging, but not impossible.

Last night, I attended United Way Toronto’s Celebration Gala, where they announced a record-breaking fundraising total of $102,000,000. Torontonians gave that huge sum of money to support those in need in our city. That kind of generosity is incredible! Mayor John Tory was in attendance and reminded the entire audience that something very special is happening in Toronto: the world is watching us, as we continue to be welcoming and to celebrate diversity, as we work to create a city full of possibility for EVERYONE. We have an opportunity to show the world that we can choose a different path; that we can decide not to be ruled by fear, that we can embrace difference and celebrate it.

Valentine’s Day is almost here. Traditionally, the holiday has focused on romantic love and all the trappings that come with it, flowers, chocolate and candy. This year, we’re thinking differently about the holiday at Dixon Hall and are celebrating love in all its forms whether that’s love of family, friends, or community. We’re focusing on all the positive things happening in the community that have been overshadowed by the stream of negativity and unsettling events. And we’re recognizing that we’re not alone in needing some positivity, and reminders of our shared humanity and compassion.

Daily, we see the power of love, kindness and service to others across all departments of our organization. We see selfless people who have devoted their careers to helping others, volunteers who give their time for no tangible reward, and how the power of connection brightens the spirits of our clients, coworkers, and participants.

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, we’re asking the Dixon Hall community how they #ShowLove . We’ll share some of our favourites on our social media channels. We hope to see you join the conversation and take part! Let’s take back the narrative – put out positivity and celebrate the wonderful ways we all contribute daily.

Neil Hetherington
CEO, Dixon Hall

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