Private Member Statement – October 7, 2021 – Embracing Thanksgiving – Andrew Micklefield

Thanksgiving holiday weekend is an annual opportunity to pause and remind ourselves of all we can be thankful for. This year has had it challenges, but there are still many things for which we can be grateful.

I am thankful we can share Thanksgiving with family and friends in our homes. 

I am thankful for warm fall weather, the many walking trails in my constituency and across our city, and the numerous provincial parks a short drive away.

I am thankful for our children, and that they are at school, in person. I’m thankful businesses are open. 

I am thankful our pro sports teams are playing, and concerts are happening and places of worship are open. The zoo is also open, as are museums, movie theatres, swimming pools and gyms. I’m thankful for those things, too.

I’m thankful I can get a haircut, celebrate birthdays, and attend in-person meetings.

I’m thankful for health care workers, doctors, nurses and support staff. Some of them are my friends and these last 18 months have not been easy for them at all. I’m thankful for our medical system, which saved the lives of people in our community, including some of my friends.

It’s hard to grumble when you’re grateful, gratitude can transform difficult situations like those we all find ourselves in. Thanksgiving is good for our mental and emotional health, so let’s practice thanksgiving this weekend, and make it a habit in every season of life. 

Despite the challenges, let’s not lose sight of all we can be thankful for.

October 7, 2021 – Private Member’s Statement on Thanksgiving by Andrew Micklefield
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