Now’s the time for practical solutions

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A local woman has seen and heard enough that she’s spearheading an effort to see if grassroots change is possible.

Last month I did a story right before Christmas about how Alana Schamber had been reading and listening to comments in the news and on social media about homelessness and addictions in Wetaskiwin.

People have a lot to say about it. I know I’ve heard and participated in multiple conversations in various venues among a wide-range of people.

She decided to give people an opportunity to not only speak on the subject but put their money where their mouth is — or their skills and talents.

Schamber is hosting a coffee shop style meeting on homelessness and addictions Jan. 11 at the Justice Café at 7 p.m.

“The community is the sum of all of its members,” she said. “That makes all of us responsible for how we deal with this.”

Schamber is right. We can all sit and complain about what we think is wrong and how somebody should do something to fix the problem but the fact is nothing changes if people don’t step up to either advocate for change and offer solutions or use their unique skill set to make change happen.

I think it’s safe to say we all want things to be better in the community we call home. Here’s a chance to make that happen because Schamber will be putting together a package of information to take to City Council and the timing is such that it could be in front of them as they go through their budget deliberations so if anyone has useful and practical ideas, now’s the time to share them. It could make all the difference in someone’s world.

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Questions or comments? Email me at CMax@postmedia.com

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