Absolutely stunning and humbling! Thank you so much for such beautiful kind words, and the pictures are breathtaking!
I always want to buck the trend and not give into the reset that the date of January 1st gives us, I am a bit cynical about it. Perhaps it was years of bartnending on New Years Eve. I tend to set my resolutions on my birthday – but really why is setting it on my birthday so much better than joining the swell of enthusiasm that January 1st has behind it? This year I am owning my hypocrisy and embracing the beauty of resolutions – whether they succeed or fail they usually point you in a healthy direction.
warmth, shelter, health… these aren’t the items that you would find on a typical
Christmas wish list. These words shouldn’t
express wishes at all… these words describe basic human need. There are people in our own community who
find these basic human needs out of reach.
Homelessness lives right here in our community. Dawn to Dawn was created to address the needs
of the homeless population in the Comox Valley.
Dawn to Dawn offers two services; a residential program that provides
accommodation in market housing and a mobile medical clinic that that offers
care to those who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in the Comox
Valley. A total of 33 volunteers: 13
nurses, 5 doctors, 3 dentists, 2 pharmacists and 1 optometrist donate their
professional skills side by side with a group of dedicated volunteer outreach
After discussion with Helen Boyd
from Dawn to Dawn I respectfully submit Dawn to Dawn as a nominee for the
Christmas Charity promotion through McKinnon Photography. I think that there is immense value in giving
a face to homelessness in our community.
I would like to see Karen work together with this compassionate group of
volunteers to help bring an element of realism to the issue of homelessness in the
Comox Valley. Homelessness isn’t a glamorous
issue…but it is a very real issue. It is
a very worthy issue… because there is worth in every life. It is an issue that touches the lives of a
very vulnerable population. I believe
that all people have a story, a history, a past and I believe that it is
important to embrace the opportunity to offer a hand up towards a future to
those who need it most. I believe that Dawn
to Dawn has identified a need and they are a charity in action. Dawn to Dawn is ‘doing’ in our
community. If selected, Dawn to Dawn
would like to work with Karen to respectfully share the story of homelessness
in the Comox Valley while preserving
the anonymity of the population they serve.
“These people are
our sisters and our brothers. The right thing to do is to help them reclaim
their lives and their autonomy. There is so much left to be done in regards to
the issue of homelessness in our community. Photography is a strong medium that
bares witness in a very privileged manner to our universal need to be seen and
heard.” (Helen Boyd – Coordinator
CARE-A-VAN Program Dawn to Dawn: Action on Homelessness Society)
Submitted by: A.B.