From the Editor…Lorne Abugov

That other person…

In my experience, anyone who tells you that they don’t want to be “that person” usually turns out to be exactly that.  It’s hard to define that person – it’s kind of like the definition of obscenity, you know it when you see it.  Whatever that person is really like, it’s pretty clear these days that many people really don’t want to be anything like him or her.

This October issue of The Mainstreeter is jam-packed with stories about people in our community, and none of the articles are about that person.  Instead, they are about that other person, the one most all of us would want to be, if only we could emulate the very best qualities in our friends and neighbours.

For instance, in this issue, we meet Bia and Kristen Salles, two OOE residents who have created an innovative safe haven in this community for the most vulnerable youth in our city. We learn about Richard Deadman and his family who stood steadfast like the century-old sugar maples towering over their backyard, blocking an attempt by developers to chop the trees down after earlier committing to preserve them.  Also, in this issue, we say a fond farewell to some 35 Sisters of the Sacred Heart who prepare to vacate their convent in OOE after a lifetime devoted to health care, pastoral and social services to this community.

Within our neighbourhoods, it’s not difficult to find that other person, that man or woman amongst us who understands right from wrong, takes a principled stand for the betterment of others and rises to the challenge when the odds are stacked against them.

On October 22nd, when the time comes to visit the local polling station in Old Ottawa East, please carefully consider the priorities of all the candidates for Capital Ward councillor and for school board trustees, as reported on the pages of this issue of The Mainstreeter, and then cast your ballot – not for that person but rather for that other person!

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