There are many faces of Canada right now that we are pained to see.
The uncovering of the mass graves in residential schools is a case in point.
The on-going struggle to get our economy back on track is another.
The targeted terrorist attack against a Pakistani family a month ago....
We have a long way to go as a nation.
We need healing, reconciliation, and justice before we can experience real peace that transcends our narrow interests and identities.
The Canada that I know when I moved here 11 years ago is a Canada that:
- respects differences and celebrates diversity and inclusion;
- empowers new immigrants to bring their selves into this country and play a vital role in building a nation and economy;
- is a peace and democracy-loving country amongst the nations;
- has a strong and stable government and corruption-free;
- has the best healthcare and educational system in the world;
Definitely, these are superficial facts that foreigners see from the outside- only a tip of the iceberg in terms of the condition of the country and its people. Now I know more but it doesn't give me regrets that I moved here and consider myself a Canadian.
I am proud to be alongside other Canadians in creating a great nation one day at a time, one generation at a time, and one impact at a time.
Let us not forget too that we are all Canada and what we bring into our communities, represented the best aspirations and attributes of our collective greatness.
As Andrew Malcolm said about Canada: It's going to be a great country after they're finished unpacking it.
Very true, we are all, a work in progress....
I would like to thank all the women in my life, past, present, and future.
To my mother, grandmother, great grandmothers, and all the previous generations of women in my life, thank you for being great role models of hard work, perseverance, wisdom, determination, and faith.
To my daughter, sister, aunts, cousins, nieces, comadres, ninangs, mentors, coaches, teachers, girl scout leaders, and all the women leaders that shape me, thank you for showing the way.
We celebrate you today and every day!
Impact is now, impact is us together, lifting each other up.
Everyday my daughter and I would walk outside in the snowy yard and do all kinds of fun games.
She likes to walk and create new tracks which she would then connect together.
We need to connect our actions with what's going on with the world, the natural environment, and people systems.
We need to connect what we're thinking with our customers and adjust service offerings with their needs.
We need to connect with other people and actors in our space not because we need them, but we can help and find synergy.
We need to build linkages with other sectors and industries which normally do not work together or seem to be opposite or in direct competition. These are areas to be mined for opportunities to provide a win-win solution.
We need to connect as leaders and managers to our self-awareness and tap into the potential for creative expression inside and outside of our work.
There are many reasons to feel connected and be connected with. If you're in isolation, look into the mirror.
The vista post-pandemic will be entirely different, if not ambiguous, to say the least.
The things that we previously say 'no' to, becomes 'yes, we can try.'
The things that are off-limits or too-distant, become possible.
Barriers are starting to fall, to make room for adaptation.
Doors are beginning to open up, when previously shut on your face.
Since the crisis, I have been speaking with or training people from distant lands such as Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Hongkong, and recently Bangladesh. I am honored to be learning alongside them in this time.
People are missing the in-person connections because presence is WHAT MAKES US HUMANS!
We long for the day that we can travel again or visit folks or hold parties and weddings the way we do.
But the future will be totally different, we might as well accept that fact and make room in our minds for the inevitable modifications.
Yes, we can adapt to changes, without being fearful, forced into it, or depressed.
We welcome the ambiguity and we mine it the opportunities presented by the crisis.
We will wake up everyday ready to be surprised!
Half of the battle is won by just showing up.
Showing up for your employees and staff when they need an ally and a champion for workplace effectiveness.
Showing up for community causes that are no longer optional or good-to-have but are essential for collective rejuvenation.
Showing up for suppliers who are hurting in this pandemic and needed measures to ease their financial and logistical difficulties.
Showing up for your customers to say that you care and offer help when it's not being expected.
Showing up for your stakeholders and generate collective voices so that those that are not on the table can be represented.
Showing up despite the fear and uncertainty of the new environment where we live in.
Showing up and owning the co-responsibility of charting the new future in your sector.
When you show up, the world opens up for you.
Own the space and hold the space for others too!
Bossy is the word they use for girls and women exhibiting strong leadership qualities, while boys and men are labelled as leaders with a great future early on.
Let's reframe the word bossy for the next generation of girls and young women who are ready to take on the world with their talents, aspirations, and contributions.
They need to be nurtured for what they can be and do rather than what roles they are expected to fulfill. They should be accepted for who they are, not what parents or caregivers expect them to grow to be. They should be enabled to explore themselves with many options to choose from, than what traditional paths would call them into.
As a society, we owe this to the younger generation to be claim their space with less barriers and obstacles imposed on them, less prejudices they face, and less judgments on themselves and their choices. Let's build up the next generation of people that is proud to be called bossy and living up for it!
Trees are like girls.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is now.-Chinese Proverb