1. May 2010 17:23
The words merger and amalgamation strike fear in to the hearts of many. Is it the actual event that scares us or is it something more? Most would agree it is a fear of change itself and what it entails, or what it may entail.
Most people fear change because they experience some self doubt and they are uncertain of their own abilities to cope with whatever this new situation will bring. In some, there is a fear of the unknown and that things will no longer be the same. Because change is inevitable, it is important to embrace ways to enjoy less stress and more success.
Much like the change in seasons, change can be something to look forward to and to anticipate with a positive frame of mind. Just as the arrival of spring heralds longer daylight hours and the emergence of tree buds and spring flowers, change can provide a sense of revitalization and growth.
Embracing the idea of change or seeking out change by looking for innovative ways to make things better can strengthen organizations and communities.
The Rural Ontario Institute will build on the past successes of The Centre for Rural Leadership and The Ontario Rural Council. It’s an exciting time for change in Ontario’s rural sector and the Rural Ontario Institute is poised and ready for action.
Kathie MacDonald, Communications Manager/AALP Coordinator