For the past nineteen months our communities have been in the grip of an unprecedented crisis. It has been a time of fear, grief, and tedium, from which we are only now emerging.
The pandemic has taught us that crises – whether Covid or the climate crisis – have the most impact on the vulnerable in our communities – Indigenous and racialized people, women, youth, those living in low income, people with disabilities, those with precarious housing.
The challenge before us now is to create a recovery that is just, inclusive, and sustainable. A recovery that provides affordable housing, and equal opportunities for young people, women, and people with disabilities. One that eliminates systemic racism, creates a level playing field, and builds bridges to and from our Indigenous communities. One that addresses the growing climate crisis with meaningful action and moves us toward a zero-carbon near future.
This is the work before us, the work Sunset Community Foundation has dedicated itself to in our new strategic plan. You can make a difference by contributing financially to the Foundation and other local charities, by volunteering your time and talent, and by advocating on urgent issues such as climate change, reconciliation, and poverty reduction.
I look forward to working with you as we move into a new and brighter world.