THERE’S GENERAL AGREEMENT that people are angry. It’s relative, of course, but they’re undeniably angrier right now than they’ve been for a long time.
Once a year, 80 or so people attend what are known as “Exemplary Service Awards” to honour a half dozen community volunteers. The mayor reads out a description of what they’ve done to deserve recognition, then presents them with a book, a bouquet and a glass trophy.
Each recipient is invited to say a few words at the microphone. Usually, they thank the City, their families and the people they work with as volunteers. Then everybody adjourns for snacks and some pleasant chitchat before calling it a night.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.