Thanksgiving: Gratitude and hope

Thanksgiving is here and I am reminded again of all I have to be grateful for. 

Over my last four years in public office, I have seen many examples of our wonderful community–the people and organizations–in action.

I am always thankful for how the people in Abbotsford rally around one another and provide support. I think about a very special little girl in our community, Greta Loewen, who is fighting cancer and how churches, schools, and businesses have found creative ways to raise funds and support Greta and her family, showing us what our community in Abbotsford is all about: Looking beyond ourselves and seeing the needs of others; showing love, care, and support in very tangible ways; and spreading hope. 

I am very thankful to live in a community that has such a big heart. Abbotsford is a community known for its generosity, not only for supporting the Loewen family but also for supporting many other families, individuals, non-profit organizations, and more.

So as we celebrate Thanksgiving in our home, I thank YOU, the citizens of Abbotsford, for supporting me as Mayor. I am thankful for the position of servant-leadership that I have been elected to. I do not take this for granted. I am very thankful and proud to serve you.

And, as we reflect on Thanksgiving with family and friends, may each one of us carry a grateful heart and recognize we all have been blessed.

Our best wishes to you and yours,

Henry & Velma Braun