Employed and loving it
Re: “Idle No More,” employment and a brown face. As an employer, I take pride in my team of 26 of which over half have those lovely brown faces. They love their jobs and they are given the utmost respect for all of their efforts and their hard work. Sounds like a pity party for those who can’t find employment.
Some omissions from your column
While I think that you are on the right track with your column “Working To Make Brandon A Better Place,” you could have also included the Salvation Army, the Canadian Cancer Society, those who volunteer their time and efforts with the Westman Christmas dinner, the FN fellow who has volunteered for years to hand out food hampers downtown, all of the many volunteers within Brandon, those who helped out with the flood, etc. There are many individuals who have volunteered their time and efforts with the YMCA, all of the organizations raising money to fight all of the various diseases, etc. There are many students and adults who have annually given of their time and service to hand out food hampers at Christmastime, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Brandon, etc. St. Vincent de Paul has donated more food, clothing, furniture to help out newcomers and immigrants coming into Brandon than any other organization that I know of. You are on the right track but you left out many individuals and organizations.
Opportunities exist for us all
Regarding the Dec. 28 comment “Why don’t you try to gain employment wearing a brown face and tell us how well that goes for you.” Please be reminded that there are many with “darker skin tones” who have successfully gained employment at Maple Leaf regardless of appearance, because they have had the desire and determination to work and support themselves plus in many cases, their families back home! This opportunity exists and anyone can be equally successful upon acceptable job performance!
Skin colour makes no difference
If you have a brown face or a white face — we all have trouble getting a job. However, there are plenty of jobs on building and road construction, driving trucks. There is also the police and the military and numerous other areas of employment, for hard-working people. But if you have been collecting a cheque from Social Assistance for the past number of years and are able-bodied, you may have a problem finding employment, but if you really want a job, you’ll find one.
A more meaningful list
Every year, Mr. O’Connor does a list of the “most powerful” people in Westman and every year the same, predictable people are chosen, but this year, he changed direction. I cannot say enough how pleased I was to read about people and organizations that made a difference in the lives of others rather than those who made money at the expense of others! People will express their views regarding the mayor and the tax increase (making money) but remember this, if it wasn’t for a select few of the “most powerful” people, in Brandon, their mentality and greed, we wouldn’t be in this predicament. Thank you, Mr. O’Connor, for recognizing the true “most powerful and compassionate” people and organizations of Brandon! Happy New Year!
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition January 2, 2013