day one hundred + seven, again

Nov 21st, 2012

I’m alive again.

Irony and serendipity can breed creative opportunity.

Even in your own backyard.

It happened to me just before Thanksgiving in October.

At that time, many Canadians of Ukrainian descent signed up to travel to Ukraine and act as election observers for that country’s national election.

In an effort to grow democracy in Ukraine.

This took place while Ukrainian Canadian and former Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj’s challenge of Etobicoke Centre’s election results wound its way through the Supreme Court of Canada.

In an effort to grow democracy in Canada.

Isn’t that ironic?

At the same time, the Yuzyk Institute held a leadership forum for youth aged 14-22.

15 young Ukrainian Canadians from across Canada came to learn about government, politics, history and the impact of Ukrainian Canadians in Ottawa.

Now the serendipity.

33 young Ukrainians, including 2 from Georgia, were also in Ottawa learning about democracy and government as interns on Parliament Hill at the same time.

What to do but bring them all together in a church hall — a sort of cross cultural Saturday night mashup in the Nation’s Capital — to learn how to make borscht and perogies and dance a polka.

Which set up a creative opportunity.

That became TAG: What do you care about?

Future leaders meeting future leaders leaving their mark – or tag.

Three questions were posed: (1) who are you & how old are you, (2) where were you born; and (3) what do you care about?

No other rules.

Their response?

Tentativeness, uncertainty, hesitancy and nervousness.

Did it work?

I’m still trying to figure that out.

One thing I did notice.

Its hard to pick out the Canadians.