From Lekan’s Desk: No leader can make change in isolation

No leader can make change in isolation, they can only enable and illuminate it.

I was reminded of this in February as my son and I volunteered for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry program at Immaculate Conception Church. It was a privilege to be amongst incredible leaders who fed over 100 local families that day! Totally volunteer driven, mothers, fathers and their children, along with seniors came out earlier, sorted and prepared the basement for some of their neighbours to come out to get some food. As the morning went by, I began to see neighbours come in, get fresh fruits and vegetables along with canned goods. You saw the need firsthand, but also saw the passion, love and commitment to a stronger community that volunteers showed. These are the acts that make our community stronger; this is the type of leadership that gets me excited.

I want to enable these leaders and help to empower community members who need supports. Our community is built on stories like these, ones of local heroes as well as vulnerable residents who need access to opportunities. What I believe we need is a political leader who can build a foundation and enable residents to build their future. Access to opportunity is essential for prosperity - elected leaders must be that access, must open the doors of prosperity wider, and must be responsive to the needs of the people they represent. That's how we begin to transform our communities, neighbourhoods and city


Lekan Olawoye