As Justin once told me in private, “if we get it right for Papineau, we get it right for many parts of Canada” and I think that all of us that volunteer for him, truly believe it too. The members of Papineau have big hearts and big ideas but we also have big challenges. Papineau, the riding I was born and raised in, has the lowest average family income in Canada where:
– renters outnumber owners 74% to 26%;
– 22% of residents over age 25 have a university certificate or degree;
– 45% of residents have French as a mother tongue;
– 47% list neither English nor French, with large groups speaking Spanish, Italian, Greek and Arabic as a first language;
– total immigrant population is 40%.
It is for these reasons that my passion and zeal towards the organization of the “Canada at 150” conference in Papineau, as well as, the participation of the members of the riding stemmed from.
What is “The Chorus Effect”
Wikipedia states that, ‘The Chorus Effect’ occurs when “individual sounds with roughly the same timbre and nearly (but never exactly) the same pitch converge and are perceived as one. While similar sounds coming from multiple sources can occur naturally (as in the case of a choir or string orchestra), it can also be simulated using an electronic effects unit or signal processing device.”
I believe that this is what we have been able to achieve in Papineau! It began with a simple email that I received from the party about a conference to discuss the possibility of a better Canada by 2017 then an encounter with the spiritual animators at the Remembrance Day parade in downtown Montreal where the idea of having Justin and I speak to the high school students was born:
February 26th, 2010 – Vincent Massey Collegiate
March 12th, 2010 – Rosemount High School
March 19th, 2010 – Perpsectives I High School
March 19th, 2010 – John F. Kennedy High School
March 22nd, 2010 – John Paul I Junior High School
March 26th, 2010 – Lester B. Pearson High School
Over the past few months, the voices of individuals from origins across the country and all parts of the globe converged on a natural pitch while being simulated through an electronic webcast we have grown to embrace and make our own: Canada at 150. Although this was a journey in itself, it is just the beginning. Our voices have now been unified under “The Chorus Effect” and we will be looking forward to hear what our echo in Papineau, and across the country, will sound like.
Ode to the volunteers
“Canada at 150” could not have been possible without the help of our devoted volunteers, Executive Committee members of the Liberal Association of Papineau and the staff at the Constituency Office and the Ottawa office. A warm thank you goes out to, in alphabetical order according to last name; Rym Achour, Imad Barake, Cassandra Bauco, Roberto Caluori, Luc Cousineau, Stavroula Daklaras, Marie-Claire Di Carlo, Alessandra Di Viccaro, Demetra Droutsas, Behrooz Farivar, James Fequet, Sabrina Gagliardi, David Halk, Salma Hussain, Vince Lacroce, Louis-Alexandre Lanthier, Sacha Lechene, Youcef Londubat, Mehdi Londubat, Marie-Claire Lynn, Melissa Maluorni, Dino Marzinotto, Lisa Montgomery, John Panetta, Nancy Pasquini, André Pelletier, Elizabeth Pellicone, Pierre Riley, Vince Rodi, Anthony Scozzari, Rocco Speranza, Ece Tepedelenli, Connor Timmons, Father Westphal, Carlos Zuleta.
And a special thank you to Ingrid Ravary-Konopka for if it wasn’t for you and your pillar of support, this event would have remained just another email that I would have not addressed.