I have tried to leave Ottawa four different times in my life, and the longest I managed to stay away was two years. (And that was when I lived close enough to visit regularly).
I love this city. I loved growing up here. I love being in the capital. Obviously there are things that bother me, but most of it can be fixed. (Hey City of Ottawa, let’s work on building more sidewalks, kay? Also maybe some better community planning so that we don’t get large new communities of houses without the infrastructure like sidewalks, bussing and schools?)
I believe in this city, and events like the United Way’s Community Builder Awards remind me that I’m surrounded with other people who believe in this city too. We have a lot to be proud of. We have good people here.
And the city happens to be postcard pretty a lot of the time – you’d never believe it used to be a swamp.
I’m sure other communities have great people too, people who believe in making things better for others, building people up and setting them on a better path. Creating better futures for those people and for our city.
It is ours. It’s mine, it’s my daughter’s.