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I think it is important for me to be in my particular neighbourhood because I see it as a two way street, meaning that I have a lot of fresh ideas to contribute to my neighbourhood to make it a more vibrant community. But also it is a neighbourhood where I can learn and grow and become a better person myself, because my Williamsburg neighbourhood has a lot of opportunities for growth.
The greatest memory I have from this neighbourhood is the process of watching my house being built. I remember a few years ago I used to drive by twice daily just to see the progress of my house. And having experienced all of that I feel very connected not necessarily with my home but all the neighbours because I was able to experience how polite people are in my neighbourhood.
To me, a healthy neighbourhood is a place where it makes sense for people to give it their all in terms of their time, energy and money as well. It is also where neighbours have the ability to successfully manage the day-to-day matters in the neighbourhood, and where neighbours feel confident in their investment and the future of the neighbourhood. Another key point for a healthy neighbourhood is where people can grow their strengths and become stronger community leaders.
My neighbourhood is important to me because I get to be myself and I feel very safe. In other words I can leave my house and do not have to worry about any sort of break and enter; I can step in and out without any fear. I also like the fact that that it is urbanely oriented where I have everything I need at walking distance, including grade school for my daughter. My neighbourhood actually allows me to have a balanced lifestyle.
I experience community in my neighbourhood anytime I step out of my home and having a conversation with any other person, whether that be neighbours who are already living here or even people who are visiting my neighbourhood. Because of me being extremely community oriented I think it is very important to be very conscious with the people around me. What I mean by this is that if someone visits the neighbourhood, because they are prospecting to buy a house, then it is very importantly for me to take the initiate to make sure that those individuals feel very welcome and comfortable so that if they so choose to buy a house and to settle here, then I feel obligated to make sure that the are able to integrate very smoothly with little or no stress at all.
I can easily deepen my feeling of connection in my neighbourhood by taking a leadership role to make things happen. For example with my annual Caribbean Dreams concerts, a cultural performing arts show that allows me to feel that connection with my neighbourhood, because I get to see other members in the community maximizing their potential and showing off their artistic talent. But most importantly I get to see youths grow up to become champions in my neighbourhood.