By Mary Tabak, Our Kids Network Developmental Assets Manager
Asset-building in Halton has evolved and now encompasses Developmental Assets, Family Assets and Relationships. We don’t need to look any further than our own country for great examples of asset-building:
- Canada knows that small things like pond hockey, neighbourhood barbeques and nature walks make a big difference.
- Canada is a caring and responsible role model for other countries.
- Canada plays nicely and builds strong and respectful friendships with other countries.
- Canada understands that health, education and safety are important.
- Canada’s music, arts and dance scene is celebrated and supported.
- Canada welcomes and embraces people’s differences. It strives to create environments where people belong.
- Canada resolves conflicts peacefully.
- Canada offers adventure and new experiences through its beautiful landscapes and its unpredictable weather patterns.
- Canada practices democracy and freedom of speech. Communication in Canada is very polite.
- Canada likes itself. It is valued by others as a great destination and is highly embraced by others when it travels.
Canada didn’t get like this by accident. It was the work of careful and intentional planning in an environment of partnership and collaboration. For Canada’s birthday this year, let’s reflect on the strengths that make us all a great asset-builders for Halton kids.
Happy Birthday Canada and keep up the great work!
For more information, resources and ideas about asset-building, visit the Asset-Building Toolkit.
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