A Message from Victoria Mayor Helps
Belonging and connection are so important to who we are as humans and how we live in the world. Yet in this fast paced, virtual digital world, those good old fashioned neighbour-to-neighbour connections that generations of people relied on aren’t as strong as they used to be. Why does this matter?
In his book Happy Cities, Charles Montgomery tells a story about a heat wave in Chicago in the 1990s where hundreds of people died. After the heat wave, health researchers were engaged to determine what the people who died may have had in common. Theories abounded before the research was undertaken that all the people who died had a chronic illness or health condition. When the research results came back, they were astonishing. The only single factor that the people who died had in common is that they were living in social isolation. Belonging and connection matter.
I’m thrilled to support Neighbour Day in Victoria and I hope it becomes an annual event. It’s an opportunity for people to come together on their own streets and neighbourhoods in small and big ways. Neighbours can make it what they want. A potluck, a picnic in the park, a game of street hockey, a skills and assets inventory and so on. The opportunities are limitless.
And a heartfelt thanks to the amazing Leadership Victoria Team that is making this happen!