Dream comes true in Glace Bay

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL - Yvonne Kennedy Homeville

Our com­mu­ni­ties have their share of cit­i­zens who tend to view the glass as “half-empty” and never look at the pos­si­bil­i­ties that are star­ing them in the face.

Not so for the Glace Bay Com­mons Com­mit­tee.

A year ago, a small group of com­mu­nity-minded cit­i­zens banded to­gether with a vi­sion for the South Street Ball Park. Their dreams were huge in na­ture and I’m sure that they faced their fair share of doubters who felt that it was an im­pos­si­ble dream. But they knew what they wanted for the com­mu­nity and worked un­til it was done. Sort of re­minds me of that old Cape Breton say­ing ... “Get ‘er done.”

Jan. 24 was their finest hour as their vi­sion was un­veiled to the Cape Breton com­mu­nity with of­fi­cials from all three levels of govern­ment team­ing up to an­nounce $330,000 in fund­ing for the South Street Com­plex. The politi­cians de­serve our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for com­ing to­gether to make the dream pos­si­ble.

Ev­ery­one in Glace Bay and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties should stand up and cheer. This suc­cess­ful pro­ject was cre­ated through the ded­i­ca­tion of Dana Mil­ley, Char­lene Brad­bury and their team. Th­ese peo­ple never let go of their dream for the rest of us.

The dream is big­ger than ac­quir­ing a new sports fa­cil­ity for Glace Bay. Their dream is for all the kids in the area to have a wel­com­ing place to gather, to par­tic­i­pate in phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and to just be kids. They want a place where fam­i­lies can go to get healthy. All this cre­ates a healthy com­mu­nity – phys­i­cally as well as men­tally.

Some­times our young peo­ple get a bad rep­u­ta­tion but any­one who works with chil­dren knows that it is so far from the truth.

Re­cently, a friend of mine posted a story on Face­book of an en­counter with a group of young men in the park­ing lot at the Glace Bay Su­per­store. My friend was leav­ing the grocery store with her el­derly mother while try­ing to han­dle two grocery carts. Her mother had pur­chased new place­mats and they blew out of her cart.

Some young stu­dents from Glace Bay High came to the res­cue. They chased the place­mats down and re­turned them to the grate­ful ladies. Th­ese young men are not “the ex­cep­tion to the rule.” Our stu­dents are kind, car­ing in­di­vid­u­als who will al­ways go out of their way to help oth­ers.

I spent my en­tire teach­ing ca­reer in the Glace Bay school sys­tem and had the plea­sure of meet­ing thou­sands of stu­dents ... all fine peo­ple.

At times some young peo­ple may look a bit in­tim­i­dat­ing but they are just ex­press­ing their in­di­vid­u­al­ity. Look beyond the pink/ green hair, the pierc­ings and the tat­toos and find the good­ness in their hearts.

Our com­mu­ni­ties need to cre­ate pos­i­tive mem­o­ries for our chil­dren. When they be­come adults we want them to look back at their youth and want to stay and raise their own chil­dren here.

This is the only way that our com­mu­ni­ties can grow and thrive.

Another com­mu­nity group that de­serves men­tion is the New Aberdeen Re­vi­tal­iza­tion Com­mit­tee. Al Moore al­ways seems so proud of that group of cit­i­zens.

To peo­ple like Dana Mil­ley, Char­lene Brad­bury and Al Moore along with nu­mer­ous oth­ers on th­ese com­mit­tees who work so hard to cre­ate a new vi­sion for Glace Bay ... thank You!

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