In praise of two leaders who follow their hearts

In praise of two leaders who follow their hearts Whitehorse now has two authentic leaders - Chief Doris Bill and Mayor Dan Curtis - who can lead with their heart. Not only do they bring very strong leadership skills and expertise to their respective pos

Whitehorse now has two authentic leaders – Chief Doris Bill and Mayor Dan Curtis – who can lead with their heart.

Not only do they bring very strong leadership skills and expertise to their respective positions, but they also season those skills with kindness and a dedication to making a difference in the lives of the citizens. They put a human touch to their mandate – they bring back humanity to the leadership role.

I had the honour of attending the one-day gathering for vulnerable people on April 24 and was incredibly impressed by the strength of this team of leaders. I am late in writing this note but “better late than never” – I did not want this to go unrecognized.

A community only exists because of the people making it up. So it makes perfect senses that a key to success is to take care of the people. We created the concept of “socio-economic development” and throughout our journey we have left behind the “socio” part of the equation and thus created an imbalance.

We now have in place a team of two leaders who are working at re-balancing the equation by tending to the social aspect without forsaking the economic part.

I wish them both, I wish us all as a community, tremendous success. May this community become a model of balanced growth where people truly care for each other.

To the mayor and the chief: a heartfelt “thank you!” to both of you for taking the lead with such grace. To the rest of us:

Let’s support our leaders through our own commitment to participate.

Christiane Boisjoly

Whitehorse