Ken Dryden at The Hub Halifax

I met Ken before his presentation and I asked him what it was like to win the Stanley Cup, and he asked me if I had won a championship.

I told him about my West Conference Championship win in Rugby and my Midget Football victory. He said it was the same feeling.

He said usually players say “it hasn’t sunk in yet” when asked how they feel, right after winning. But they eventually realize it doesn’t change much about their lives.

This was the man I met at a Fusion event, hosted by The Hub Halifax, on Wednesday.

The MP from Toronto is the Liberal Party’s National Outreach Advisor, Poverty and Working Families. He lead an interesting discussion on how important early childhood development is.

Ken said one thing he hated was people not being given a chance to succeed. Especially through poverty.

He talked about how poverty can keep people behind in their development. He explained how being even a little behind, especially in what is supposed to be a fair race, is pretty debilitating when you think about it.

A powerful metaphor he used was trying to start a 100m race 10 metres behind your competitors. The 100m is the fastest race around, and in many ways life is as well. Seeing the backs of all your competitors in front of you and never quite being able to catchup, no matter how hard you tried… Not a nice way to race, or go through life.

In the discussion period, I told him I believed it was the government’s main responsibility to keep everyone healthy and smart, and I aimed to support that cause some day. He told me good luck!

If you look at my About Me section you can see that I am very passionate about having a healthy lifestyle, because everyone knows “A healthy body equals a healthy mind.”

Ken Dryden really inspired me to keep moving forward on my campaign for healthy living, and also to take a more political role in my country.

I also met Stephen McNeil, the Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal party, and I will be posting a picture of the three of us soon. (Right place at the right time, I guess!)

One more thing he talked about was how many young people are disinterested in politics. But he explained that young people may be disinterested in politics but they must be interested in the world, and politics is supposed to be the way that we change it.

Let’s all make change happen.

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5 Responses

  1. Perhaps if Canadian politics were portrayed in a similar way to US politics, aka like celebrity gossip, more young Canadians would take interest. I’m glad that this isn’t the case, however.

    The few young minds that do take interest in Canadian politics are the minds that will pave the way for change. These are the future leaders and big-decision makers. I say it’s a matter of quality over quantity. Perhaps the “blandness” of our politics will help to keep the Sarah Palin’s of this world far away from a position of control. Control of our communities, our provinces, and most importantly, our country. This is control that belongs in the hands of those that are interested in politics for the right reasons.. .such as those that seek change for the better of our nation and world!

  2. Hopefully our politicians will get more into social media, so they can have an opportunity for more personal interaction with their constituents.

    I think we need a little bit more participation than just the elite minds, Adam.
    That is the stage we are at right now. If every person was engaged in changing the world, wouldn’t it be a lot better?

    That is why I think health is so important. If people are healthy and smart they will have a lot more time, resources, and experience to make our world a better place.

  3. Ken Dryden Foundation also provides scholarships for youth coming out of care of the children’s aid society. We need more of this from our politicians but we have to demand it. Go to the National Youth In Care for more info.

  4. Good point Cheryl!
    If you have anything to say to your local politicians, let them know how you feel. Don’t forget, they work for us.

  5. […] attendee Anthony Myer’s thoughts on the event here at his blog. For photos of the event, click […]

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