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Chaplain’s Corner: “Minimal acts of kindness can really impact someone’s life”

CFB Borden CAF spouse Alyssa Truong (Courtesy of Lt(N) Colleen Raja)

It’s that time of year again when the cold days of winter have transformed into a beautiful spring. The trees are full again and the sun is warm and shining brightly and Mother’s Day is upon us. Spring can be a lovely encouragement of new beginnings, hope, and life. Spring can be a reminder of all we are grateful for.

As I think of the past year, I am reminded to be grateful. Today I am thankful for the helpers, the people that go above and beyond to give their time to making the community around them a better place. There are many helpers who work in the CAF community and today I would like to highlight one in particular.

Meet Alyssa Truong; she is a CAF spouse here and an impactful helper within the CFB Borden community. Over the last several years she given her time to neighbours, spouses and newcomers through a variety of creative ways. Some of these include meal swaps, cookie exchange, or just being a friendly face on move-in day to help new families feel welcome.

When I asked Alyssa about what inspired her to be such a big help to her community, she recalled being a new spouse and having another woman to show her family the same kindness that she now offers to others. As we chatted about being a community helper, Alyssa noted that even just holding the door for someone can be meaningful. “Minimal acts of kindness can really impact someone’s life.”

As I thought about Alyssa and other helpers like her I was reminded that impactful things don’t have to be grand, and that they are often unseen; but their impact is huge. I hope in this season of renewal we are all inspired by Alyssa’s story and the story of others to go out in our communities and try to make a difference.

There’s an old African proverb that says, “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you haven’t spent the night with a mosquito.”

By: Chaplain Lt(N) Colleen Raja