When I think back about the past of Anmore - the basic philosophy that precipitated the emergence of Anmore as a municipality - I often think - not only of how it changed Anmore, but also about how the development and final adulthood of Anmore changed the minds of ourselves in Anmore about ourselves.
I am a different person - resulted in part from my 42 years in Anmore.
Fortunately during that time I was able to think about Anmore in comparison to an international context in which I lived - and worked - which led to my own perspective of Anmore - it seemed to be a model, on a small scale, of what Canada is all about.
Through my own eyes there seemed to be two elements in this so-called model. One is of course the Anmore character of a peaceful environment - the semi rural character in the context of surrounding density -
and the second is the understanding of how important it is to incorporate the idea that the diversity of opinion can be resolved with mutual understanding and respect.
One of the elements of the latter is what has sometimes been called my ‘mantra’ - in a civilized society what matters is what people do to each other - not what they think.
The way Anmore has evolved has, I think, demonstrated these elements.
Of course the past is always interesting, and hopefully instructive, but if any system does not evolve, if it lives only in the past, it does not survive - the real focus should be on the future - where Anmore should be going - and that is where the diversity of opinion should interact through cooperation, imagination, and in an understanding of the ‘big picture’ - how Anmore fits into the broad scheme of things, one that helps to define a better world.
I think this becomes particularly evident when contributing to regional policy - that is the realization of how important the perspective of the small municipality is.
When sitting on the Board of Metro Vancouver, and contributing to the development of Parks as Chair of the Parks Committee, to Translink Policy, to Aboriginal policy, to Environmental Policy, to Regional Water development and policy, as Director of Electoral Area B - all of these challenges, and more, when seen from the perspective of a small system, viewing the larger system from a distance, very much contributes to an understanding by everyone of the importance of diversity - for everyone.
What is important I think is continued exploration of ideas without a specification of predefined exclusions - this is what evolution is all about - the exploration of ways in which challenges can result in the discovery of new ideas.
All I can say is that - ‘in the end’ - I hope my involvement - and of course that of my family, friends, and the community - in the beginning of Anmore, and in the development of Anmore, helped make it the beautiful and intelligent place it now is!