On Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela (2008)

Nelson Mandela in 2008

Hello Fair Voting Friends,

By now everyone is aware that one the great world figures of the 20th century, Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday.

His passing was expected, he had been ill for a while but his passing gives one cause to think of who he was and his enormous legacy. My family & I spoke about him this evening. One of my sons was only vaguely aware of Nelson Mandela and why he is important. It didn’t take much thinking to say his life inspired millions around the world to take up the challenge to fight for social justice. He dedicated his life to working for the end of apartheid because he believed that positive change was possible even in the face of overwhelming odds. His belief in the basic dignity of each and every person inspired hope and action.

There are times when the work to establish a democratic voting system in Canada so all our voices are heard & respected in our Parliament seems impossible. It’s too far away with too many overwhelming obstacles to overcome. And then, there is the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela to remind us to not give up, not give in and to keep working for what one knows to be fair and just.

Sometimes inspiration is hard to come by but tonight, thinking of Nelson Mandela, anything seems possible with enough dedication and hard work. I want to thank all of you who help support the movement toward a fair & equitable electoral system in Canada on which we can build a fair & equitable society for all Canadians.

And, thank you, Nelson Mandela.

Wishing You Well,

Sharon
for FVC-WR

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