County of Brant Mayor David Bailey and City of Brantford councillor Joshua Wall joined forces for a flag raising in Harmony Square in Brantford on Thursday, February 10.
The Brant Community Foundation flag was raised in honour of the upcoming Random Acts of Kindness Day on Thursday, February 17, spearheaded by the organization.
“Random Act of Kindness Day could not have fallen at a better time,” Mayor Bailey said, addressing guests attending the event. “This terrible time has been with us for such a long time now that it is getting harder and harder for us to remember how lucky we are and how much we have to be grateful for. This day is the perfect time to remember and share that with our neighbours, friends or strangers.”
In addition to Mayor Bailey and Councillor Wall, Brant Community Foundation Executive Director Anne Marie Peirce, town crier David McKee, and Brantford councillors John Sless and John Utley were in attendance for the raising of the flag.
“Why can’t every day be Kindness day?” Councillor Wall asked. “You never know what is going on with someone else in their life or their world. A random act of kindness can be like a tidal wave for that person. It is like that ripple rock in the ocean that spreads, and spreads and it is so beautiful.”
This is the 12th year that the city and county have participated in this day hosted by the Brant Community Foundation. It is defined as “a day where the community works together to do intentional acts of kindness.”
“It is more important than ever to show a little kindness,” Peirce said. “The Foundation is committed to building a better community for all, and having people connected is one of the best ways to achieve this. Kindness is all around us. Our wish for this day is that we recognize not only when someone does something nice for us, but that we also consider ways we can spread kindness in return.”