For many of us 2010 was a difficult year with considerable economic difficulties and uncertainties. There were also big steps taken to counter many of these challenges through local and provincial union efforts. As always these actions must continue!
As 2010 draws to an end many of us will enjoy taking time to celebrate the holiday season. This time of year is important for many people as they mark their special traditions, cultures or religions.
The passing of the longest night and shortest day signaled the beginning of a new year for life, especially in northern regions, and for many that was a huge reason to celebrate! Ancient people celebrated the lengthening days that promised the forthcoming melting of ice and snow, arrival of spring and another cycle of renewal and growth.
I invite all OPSEU members – all 120,000 plus of us – to make an extra special effort to enjoy themselves this festive season. They should do so with friends from the workplace and neighbourhood. OPSEU members represent important parts of community life and our work improves the quality of life for all.
With this community profile many of us have family, relatives and personal friends that are a high priority at this time of year. In the weeks ahead and throughout 2011, be there for the special people in your lives. Enjoy the sense of community, friendship and love that sets the tone for this time of year.
Enjoy the days ahead through parties, dinners and family get-togethers. For that matter, take a few hours of peace and calm for yourself. You deserve it!
Share the best of who you are to those you love. Travel safely. Drive carefully.
Above all, take this time to refresh yourself and those around you in preparation for the challenges ahead in 2011.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas