August 19th is World Humanitarian Day, the day where we recognize the giving and selfless individuals who work in the most dangerous environments in the world and risk their lives for the ultimate goal of helping others and making the world a better place.
In Alberta, we are lucky to live in an area of the world not constantly torn by a major disaster or war. We are in the midst of a huge economic downturn and there is still significant uncertainty in the market. Even with economic stress here at home, we should remember to be grateful for the little things and remind ourselves what is going on in other areas of the world.
It is easy for us to get caught up in all of the negativity. Manpower works so closely with the job market that I see the impact the economy has on us every day. With that being said, we have been through a similar economic downturn before and it always picks back up. Although there is no schedule for the economy to pick back up but as soon as it does, this time of uncertainty will quickly be forgotten. With that being said, the humanitarians who risk their lives around the world to help victims of disasters have no guarantee or reassurance that things will get better. It is easy for us to forget about the rest of the world but it’s important to take a minute and remind ourselves just how lucky we are and always remember to give back, both locally and internationally.
Being a humanitarian does not necessarily mean you have to go across the world to make a difference, donating blood or volunteering your time at the homeless shelter can make a world of difference to someone in need as well. These simple tasks can make a huge difference in people’s lives and intrinsically there is no better feeling than knowing that you just helped someone.
Every day courageous and generous humanitarian workers risk their lives to help the less fortunate around the world. The work that these people do is honorable as well as selfless and it is an inspiration to us all. For that we thank you not only on this special day but every day.