Canada is a home for people from all over the world. We will find out when and why people chose Canada as their new home. We can conspicuously see how Canada has grown and constantly changed, and how Canadians have reacted to change. We will begin to understand how Canadians have met the challenge of venturing forth and working together. We will also find that Canadians have not always respected the rights of their fellow Canadians. Its history contains examples of control and tolerance, of successes as well as of failures to live up to the ideal of treating each other equally and justly.
As we go along, we will notice that our Canadian leaders have always been trying to explain and emphasize diversity and inclusion. As we learn about Canadians’ attitudes and behaviour in the past, we will reflect on their actions. Did they treat others fairly or poorly? Although it is difficult to change what has already happened, it is not too late to learn from the past.
Through our Canadian leaders, we have been introduced to the ideas, policies, and points of view about diversity and co-equality as well. Canadian leaders are admirable. Their views can always be reviewed. Their opinions are coupled with options.
PROCESS OF FITTING-IN: Adaptation
“Nothing fits together without substantial effort.”
With our Canadian leaders, we are motivated to examine the ways in which diversity and multiculturalism have been included in policy-making, and how immigration and language policies have influenced the Canadian way of life and soul.
Choosing our Leaders
As adopted sons and daughters of Canada, we immigrants must be aware of and understand our rights, privileges, and duties as naturalized citizens. We are truly grateful for the opportunity to live in this beautiful country and be able to call it our own. That is why, we have to dedicate our lives to giving back to the country that has given us so much.
When choosing a servant-leader, we have to make sure that he or she is committed to upholding equal rights and privileges afforded to all Canadians, including the right to live in a society that is inclusive. Learn to believe that service to others is our life’s purpose, and that is what should be expected of a servant-leader. He or she should go above and beyond duty to serve the constituents, championing positive politics for positive change.
We face many challenges in this day and age, but I firmly believe that no challenge is insurmountable if we charge ahead united and resolute. To lead is to follow, and to be good leaders, we must be good servants. This is what a leader has to offer to his or her constituents.
Some Leadership Guidelines:
Get the constituents involved in social planning by exercising and promoting the following:
1. Community Consultations. To facilitate series of Community Consultations and listen to your concerns and relentlessly fight for you and your family. Relevant policies, the implementation of programs and initiatives should be born directly out of these consultations.
2. Co-Equality. To protect the rights and privileges of the constituents. This includes working in harmony with Indigenous people and ethnic communities in the riding by cultivating positive and constructive co-existence.
3. Multiculturalism. To consistently preserve the multicultural heritage in his/her riding and provide resources for communities to create new initiatives that celebrate diversity and foster greater inclusiveness.
4. Basic Needs, Jobs, and Sources of Livelihood. To deliver services in accordance with what the constituency needs; fight for a well-paying and sustainable jobs: For instance, farming, tourism, and other sources of economic growth and industry.
5. Family Reunification. To further strengthen the family reunification program.
6. Youth Empowerment. To create career and personal development training initiatives for young people.
7. Health Care and Home Care Facilities. To deliver socialized-quality health care for the elderly and building a home for abandoned children, where they will be treated fairly.
8. Businesses. To strengthen the sustainability of businesses both big and small.
9. Peace and Order. To conduct ongoing consultations with various stakeholders in coordination with the law enforcement agencies so as to ensure the safety and security of constituents.
10. Education. To advocate to the provincial government the fast-tracking of the process of accreditation for professionally trained immigrants.
11. Politics. To enhance the level of people’s awareness on political sentiments in his/her jurisdiction.
12. Sports. To create and promote a positive outlook about sportsmanship and co-operation by means of competition. The community that plays together, stays together.
13. Affordable Housing. A family is the basic unit or institution of society and one of its basic needs. Also important is food, clothing and shelter. We can never make a home without affordable housing.
14. Natural Resources and Environment. We do not inherit this nature or environment from our ancestors; we just borrow it from our children. This has to be taken care of.
More can still be added to these guidelines but that can be done through community consultations.
NOTHING FITS TOGETHER WITHOUT SUBSTANTIAL EFFORT.