Kindness is the key to community in Colwood

Colwood, Langford and Highlands proclaim Nov. 6, Random Act of Kindness Day

Don’t be surprised to find residents around the West Shore doing unexpected nice things for each other this Friday.

Colwood, Langford and Highlands proclaimed Nov. 6 Random Act of Kindness Day. Inspired by an initiative in Ontario, the day is now earmarked to celebrate simple and random acts of generosity, with an eye on nourishing and strengthening community.

“I think it resonates with people; Victoria has a rich history of kindness,” Victoria Foundation CEO Sandra Richardson said. “It doesn’t cost anyone anything to be nice, it’s just a sense of community.” The foundation proposed the proclamation to all 13 Greater Victoria municipalities. Of those, 10 took them up on it.

Colwood Mayor Hamilton recalled how a neighbour mowed her lawn while the mayor was away for a couple weeks earlier this year. She hopes to see these kinds of sentiments grow.

“It’s what we do for each other to make everyone’s lives a little more happy,” she said. “I think that people watch out for one another and are aware of neighbours and do those kinds of things, but this broadens it.”

For more information visit victoriafoundation.bc.ca/kindness.

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