Spare a thought for those who work through the holidays

MLA's Christmas message

As festive lights twinkle and the air fills with the joyful chorus of Christmas carols, it's a time to reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to the year ahead.

Christmas is not just a season of celebration; it's a season of hope. In a world that has headlines of war and unrest and with all of the difficulties our own lives hold, it's easy to lose sight of the good around us and the potential for positive change.

Yet, it is precisely during these times that the message of Christmas becomes even more significant.

The story of Christmas is a tale of hope born in the humblest of settings, reminding us that even in the darkest of times, light can emerge. This year, let's remember that amid the issues that plague our society, there are good ideas and great people working tirelessly to solve them—innovators, thinkers, and community leaders are finding new ways to tackle our challenges, from housing, healthcare, the cost-of-living crisis and mental health crises. Their efforts give us hope a brighter future is not just a wish, but a possibility.

The holiday season also reminds us of the importance of being with our loved ones. It's a time to reconnect, share stories, and create memories. Many of us have experienced the loss of loved ones this year, or the tragic diagnosis of our friends and family. This Christmas, cherish the moments we have together, for those we love are the ones who truly matter.

Moreover, as we gather around the dinner table with our families, spare a thought and express our deepest gratitude for those who are still working throughout the holidays—our healthcare workers, emergency responders, service industry professionals, and many others don't have the luxury of a holiday break. Their dedication and sacrifice ensure our communities continue to function, and that help is available when we need it most.

They are the unsung heroes of our society, and their commitment is a stark reminder of the interconnectedness and interdependence of our lives. Their work, often unnoticed, is the backbone of our daily lives, especially in times of crisis.This Christmas, let's acknowledge their contributions and say a heartfelt thank you. Their tireless efforts are not just necessary, they are life-saving and life-sustaining.

They help to give us hope when it feels hopeless.

My desire for this week’s column confirms I hear you. It is my joy is to serve you in Victoria and that together we can bring about positive change.

Merry Christmas and may the New Year bring you joy, peace, and prosperity.

My question to you is this:

What gives you hope?

I love hearing from you and read every email. Please email me at [email protected] or call me at 250-712-3620.

Renee Merrifield is the BC United MLA for Kelowna-Mission.

This article is written by or on behalf of an outsourced columnist and does not necessarily reflect the views of Castanet.

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About the Author

Renee Merrifield is the BC United MLA for Kelowna - Mission and Opposition caucus whip and critic for Environment and Climate Change, Technology and Innovation and Citizens’ Services. She currently serves on the Select Standing Committee on Education as well.

A long-time resident of Kelowna, Renee started, and continues to lead, many businesses from construction and development to technology. Renee is a compassionate individual who cares about others in the community, believes in giving back and helping those in need through service.

She values your feedback and conversation, and can be reached at [email protected] or 250.712.3620

The views expressed are strictly those of the author and not necessarily those of Castanet. Castanet does not warrant the contents.

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