Community is the Answer

By : Emma Johnston

Heather Keam was inducted as the president of the Burford Optimist Club last Monday evening. Heather met with The Burford Advance to share her vision for the club and the ways she hopes to engage with the Burford community. Her vision is to see Burford flourish and thrive! She wants to mobilize herself, the Optimist Club and community volunteers to make positive changes, uphold our youth and support the community.
According to her introductory speech at the Optimist meeting she explains that she “has lived in the Burford area for 17 years and is a country gal through and through.” Her heart, passion and vision is for creating strong communities, and she wants this for Burford.
Her training and career are in community development where she “helps organizations and municipalities across Canada build neighbourhood strategies to deepen the sense of community.” She knows how to interact with small towns, how to inspire and work with the amazing people who make up the social clubs, churches, community groups and business core. She is looking forward to her new role as President of the Optimist Club.
Heather recognizes that everyone navigating this challenging time and seeking normalcy in their lives. She argues that what we need to do is “realize that community is the answer.”
Heather is a creative person, in our conversations she has shared numerous ideas to help solve some of our unfamiliar pandemic related concerns. She wants to encourage people to look outside the box, to seek new solutions to our new challenges and rise above the difficulties of our time.
Heather wants to see the club move forward and bring awareness to the various activities and projects the Optimists are working on. Her heart is for volunteerism and she reaches out to the Burford and area community to consider volunteering with the Optimists or any other local service club to help make our community an incredible place to be.
“We need to think about how we can do things differently” she explains, and there’s no question that she is full of energy, inspiration and joy as she faces down the challenge of leading the Burford Optimist Club through what is bound to be another difficult stretch.
We welcome Heather to the leadership of the Optimist Club and to her valuable role within the community.

Do you know any amazing volunteers? Have you seen groups or individuals adapt in amazing ways and uplift, encourage or support the community? Let us know, help us share the stories of some truly great community members!

Community is the Answer

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