New Beginnings

December 21st, 2006

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt

As the curtain comes down on another calendar year it’s a time to reflect and look ahead.

Thinking back on this past year, there are many things I’m thankful for. In particular:

– The chance to have celebrated the birth of my child and the 93rd birthday of my father. Mostly, I’m grateful that our family has not been torn apart.

– The opportunity to have spent one more year not having to say “yes” when I wanted to say “no”.

– The good fortune to have been born in a place that has never known man-made or natural disasters.

At the same time I can’t help but be aware of others, who in the last year struggled to get through each day.

I am bothered by the sense of entitlement that many of the more fortunate among us hold so dearly. They feel especially deserving of their place at the table of life and are so very reluctant to give someone else a break.

Look, the truth is that caprice and luck, as much as anything else, determine who we become and the quality of life each of us have. Were it not for the fact that my grandparents had the courage and foresight to leave Eastern Europe for Canada nearly 100 years ago, would I have the benefits I do today? I doubt it. Given the events of the last century, would I even be alive today? Probably not.

I know one thing for sure and that is we, who are living in Canada, are much more fortunate than most other populations. I’m suggesting that we can, as individuals, lend a hand to others who want to share in our opportunities by immigrating to Canada.

Deciding who can come to Canada and when they get here is a contest but the rules of the competition are not fairly or uniformly applied. That’s certainly the case now and it’s probably always been that way. In the coming year, in this blog, I aim to do my part in lending a hand to people who want to come to Canada but are at a disadvantage under the current immigration processing scheme. Stay tuned.

In closing, I would like to thank our clients for their trust and to wish all readers a Safe and Healthy New Year.

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