Darren was only 16 when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. He could no longer walk without using a cane or a walker. When his doctor Raoul, in Newmarket, Ontario, learned of Darren’s diagnosis, he connected him to the MS Society of Canada. This is run by dedicated volunteers like Peter and Michelle in Newmarket, Ontario. Here you find love and support and sense of community shared by their chapter. This can be seen at every support group meeting. About 35 people affected by MS gather there to laugh, discuss their problems and share stories. Sometimes they might host a dinner or throw a party – but they always grow their relationships and even now consider each other family.
Canadian culture- What is it?
Those looking to immigrate to Canada want to know what the “culture” in Canada is. The culture of kindness or ‘giving back is the most important lesson to learn. Canadians believe being nice includes helping and taking care of others. Many of them have deeper reasons to participate. There are some volunteers at the food bank, for instance, who have once used the services themselves. Now that they are in a position to help, they do so wholeheartedly.
Canadian schools impose 40 hours of volunteer work in all High schools. This helps teach students the value of giving back to their community.
Newcomers can use volunteer hours to rack up ‘Canadian experience’ that is required by Canadian employers. Visit Volunteer Canada to find opportunities to participate. Don’t know where to begin? Start on volunteer week, held in the second week of April each year.
Pay it forward
Canadians also constantly “Pay it Forward”. This is a concept which means the opposite of paying it back. Instead of just repaying a good deed, you “pay it forward” by doing a good deed for someone else first. In 2013 a Tim Hortons in Winnipeg Manitoba was the setting of one of the best examples of paying it forward. On December 21 employees of the Tim Hortons witnessed a chain of 228 customers paying for the order behind them. They called this the ”..avalanche of kindness ”
It is an honor to call yourself Canadian when you hear stories such as these. In such a busy world that we live in, we can rarely stop and reflect and remember to put good into the world.
This is the most important part of Canadian culture. Canadian society is highly dependent on a culture of kindness. Without it we lose the very essence of being Canadian.
Imagine a country that is accepting, a country that is generous and one that is kind to total strangers. This is the country we call home. There are many out there who also hope to call this country home someday.
Zig Ziglar once said, ‘You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”’
That is a great quote to sum up Canadian Culture
Blog Authored by: Guest Blogger- Amanda Piron