The We Are White River team were blown away by the generosity and the good work that this church is doing in the community of White River and further afield. We left with the feeling we had met with good people with whom we look forward to exploring further the ideas discussed. This gemeente is definitely part of the WE in We Are White River.
Being married to a marketer and brand strategist is no mean feat. I hear a constant commentary/critique on the latest adverts, billboards, product placements or the myriad other ways that companies find to bring their product to your attention. At times I find companies’ constant opportunism quite exhausting, and feel if I stand still long enough someone will stick a poster on me (if I’m not wearing a logo already). Being a counselling psychologist, I often see clients who are in a career process of some sort – whether it be for exploration, creation, transition or cessation. The overlap between these two disparate fields – namely psychology and marketing – is rather intriguing.
We have suggested that there are 3 pillars of resilience essential for sustaining the community of White River. To be sure there are probably more issues out there, but these three cover most:
Social resilience: the way the White Riverians work together, support each other and build bridges, not walls
Environmental resilience: looking after nature, from which everything ultimately originates.
Economic resilience: building and maintaining sound businesses and encouraging people to want to be in White River and buy from White River.
The moment we are humane as a community; the levels of trust and respect towards each other is present. Our historical inequalities infused with racial hatred, injustices and intolerable public morality has ended and should not be repeated nor alluded to for the wrong reasons. We need to, as a community, fully accept our constitutional democracy founded on the values of equality, human dignity and human rights.
What is clear is that even with their dedication, passion and commitment to We Are White River, Hilton and Larissa cannot do it alone. Building and uplifting community requires community input. They are open to ideas and collaborations, so what are you waiting for?
It’s a new year. The Silly Season is fast coming to an end and we are once again faced with the “reality” of life. The shops already filled with “Back to School” advertising as our Matrics are hopefully celebrating the culmination of 12 years of school, ready to move onto the next chapter in their lives and many wonder how they are going to get through what feels like the longest month of the year with pay-day very far away!
We continue with this in 2018, emboldened by what we have learnt and the support of fabulous White Riverians, but also aware that we have actually achieved only a little and it is a slow process, requiring sustained support from the community. We need to all BE White River!
What have I learned this past year? To allow people to be who they are and not to try to change them to fit into your world view of what is right. People are allowed to be who they are, you don’t necessarily have to agree with them.
It’s that time of year again, a time of slowing down or gearing up if you happen to work in the retail or hospitality sectors. While many look forward to lazy days and holidays, time to replenish and rest, others are facing the hustle and bustle and long days in their stores and lodges making the most of the “milk and honey” time.