This holiday season, I have been reflecting on the critical role that faith-based organizations play in our community: how they are part of the very fabric and culture of Delta. Christmas craft fairs, church teas, dinners and other events celebrate our shared values of empathy and compassion. They reflect the long-standing tradition of giving that characterizes our community. And we pass these traditions on to our children.
We all know the critical role that churches, temples, and mosques play in our community. Not only are they important gathering places and places of worship, but they offer much-needed public services. Whether it is a food bank or a warm meal; shelter on a cold night; outreach programs for seniors, migrant workers, and immigrants; advocacy for those without a voice; educational programs on everything from spiritual to health matters, their presence is felt throughout Delta.
These holy places bring people together in times of crisis, hardship and tragedy. They also draw us together to celebrate the great moments of life – the birth of a child, marriage, and the coming of age of our youth. They offer guidance, mentorship, and leadership within our community.
I want to thank our local places of worship for their steadfast care and love of our community. Delta is strong because we take care of each other, we see strength in diversity, and we embrace inclusion. I would like to wish all of you joy, health, love and peace.
MP for Delta