Year after year, Canadians spend the 1st of July celebrating Canada and everything that it means to Canadian. This year was no different. As Canadians, we have so much to be proud of. The 148 year history has defined who we are as a nation and where we are headed. What we often forget, is all of the work, time and struggle that went into creating that history. Canada didn’t just happen to become a great country…it happened because 148 years ago a group of individuals had a vision, worked together to make that a reality and then for almost a century and a half, Canadians have worked hard to mold Canada into a strong, proud nation.
What do you think Sir John A. MacDonald would have thought about 148 years ago at the signing of confederation? Do you think he would have expected to have had such a profound impact on the future of our Country? Do you think he would have expected that his legacy would have reached 148 years into the future?
All we have to do is look around, there are plenty of examples of Canadian institutions and organizations that have had an incredible impact on our communities, provinces, country and the world as a whole. Do you think their founders wondered how long their organization would last? Or what kind of impact that organization would have? The chances are they saw an opportunity, they knew that their vision could have an impact and they had the drive and dedication to turn that vision into a reality.
As Young Professionals Networks representing the interest of Young Professionals in our own communities, sometimes we forget to think about what the future might hold for our organizations. What would it be like to look back, 30, 40 or 50 years from now at what our organizations have helped our communities accomplish. When we reflect on what it was like to be involved is something like this in the early years, I bet we are going to feel a sense of accomplishment and will be proud of the fact that we learned from the challenges…building support, buy in from members, and proving the nay-sayers wrong.
Regardless of what the future might hold for your Young Professionals Network or other group that you’re engaged in…just remember that Canada wasn’t built in a day. It took this country 148 years to get to where it is today and there is still a lot of work to do. Have a vision…a long term goal…and then work every day to make it happen.
Co-Founding Chair - Young Professionals Network of Ontario