By John Moore, Columnist
We are blessed to have many unsung heroes living in our community. You do not have to look to far to see where they are. Go to the grocery store and chances are you will encounter one as you pay at the checkout for your grocery order. Walk or drive and you will see many who are in wheelchairs navigating their way around getting to where they want to go. There’s Nicolle who rides her three wheel bike around Lacewood as she goes about her daily business. Then there’s Frank who has helped feed thousands in our community through his volunteer efforts through a church food bank program.
There are many small businesses in our area managed by smart hard working people who often work beyond the 40 hour work week just to keep the lights on. Many are grappling with ever increasing expenses and yet they still have a smile on their face. There are the countless coaches who are teaching and guiding people of all ages to become better versions of themselves. They often go without themselves so they can help others. What would we do without all the countless volunteers who give so unselfishly of their time to help in various capacities. Organizations would collapse if it were not for all their help.
There are countless others who in their own way reach out to help others that may not even know it. It is important we recognize and acknowledge all those who may be suffering through various health issues and pray they be comforted and hopefully heal. There are many health care professionals in our community who continuously are putting their own health on the line all in the name of looking after others. I am reminded of the lady who walks hunched over with a health care provider always beside her. When greeted she looks up with a smile and always has something positive to stay.
I recently had a first-hand experience in witnessing a tribute to residents who have in some way done some extraordinary things. MLA Rafah Di Costanza recognized these heroes at a volunteer appreciation ceremony recently held at the Halifax West High School. There were people from all walks of life, young and old, and from various ethnic back grounds. It was a very inspiring and emotional evening as the stories of the honorees were told in the form of a member statement which was read in the Nova Scotia Legislature. There was a reception afterwards where those in attendance could have a chance to meet those who had been recognized. Everyone was treated to Syrian ice cream which was provided by Booza Emessa located in the strip boutiques across from the Esquire Restaurant on the Bedford Highway.
There are many examples of unsung heroes in our community. When you are out and about take the time to look around and see who they may be. You may be surprised at what you see. Do not forget to honor all those unsung fallen heroes this Remembrance Day. Happy November!