Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia

Are YOU a barn raiser* in 2012?

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2012 at 7:55 pm

As we all said goodbye to 2011, Canada’s Governor General, his Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, was looking towards the future –  recently sending out his New Years message –  with one thing in mind: Philanthropy. It’s a word that is strewn about here and there without much pause to reflect on its meaning.

It is more than a word though. It is state of mind.

From donating your time as a volunteer (12 million Canadians spend over two billion hours volunteering said the Governor General), to donating money to causes that YOU are passionate about (More than 80% of Canadians make some kind of financial donation to a worthy cause every year, also stated the Governor General), to sharing your talent and skills with others. Philanthropy, I think,  is about being in a “state of mind” that see’s YOU expressing your desire to help others, in way’s that compliment your life. Maybe it is volunteering on a regular basis. Maybe its hosting a party every February that raises money for a charitable organization. Maybe it’s how you react when there is a crisis and other’s need YOU.

So for 2012, what does the word Philanthropy mean to YOU?

*Barn raiser is a colloquial term used for those that come together to help others in need. The reference is to a centuries old tradition of the community communing together to help build barns for families.


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