Nova Scotians Asked to Reflect on the Values of Community

first_imgPREMIER’S OFFICE–Nova Scotians Asked to Reflect on the Values ofCommunity Nova Scotians were encouraged today, Nov. 2, to reflect on therole that compassion can play in enriching our lives and leadingto diverse, successful communities. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission has named today a Day ofReflection on Compassion and Community. The fourth annual Day ofReflection was proclaimed at an interfaith breakfast at ProvinceHouse. Opening the event, Lt.-Gov. Myra Freeman pointed to the importantrole compassion can play in every day life. “Nova Scotians have demonstrated compassion for others in some ofthe most difficult of circumstances. We need to recognizecompassion and understanding are required every day, not just attimes of crisis,” she said. In proclaiming the day, Premier John Hamm said the event promotesa Nova Scotia which is open to diversity. “True respect cannot be legislated. Instead it must come frominside each of us through the lessons we teach, the examples weset and the lives we live,” said the premier. Members of various faith communities spoke briefly at thebreakfast about what compassion means from their perspective.Commission vice-chair Lance Hale thanked them for sharing theirthoughts and supporting the commission’s work. “I am encouraged that the work of the Nova Scotia Human RightsCommission to foster compassionate and understanding communitiesis as important to all of you as it is to us,” Mr. Hale told theassembled faith leaders. Mayann Francis, the commission’s CEO, said Nova Scotia risks itsfuture by not welcoming difference. “If we are to be healthy and prosperous we must embrace thediversity of cultures both old and new that can invigorate aneconomy and a society threatened by population decline,” shesaid. Part of the commission’s mandate is to be proactive in the areasof public education and outreach to increase awareness of humanrights in the province. This was the fifth interfaith breakfast that Ms. Francis has heldsince becoming CEO in 1999.last_img