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Be Yourself, Free Yourself


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As a journalist, I sometimes find myself thinking, "we have to find more reasons for people to want to turn on the television, rather than giving them the inclination to turn it off."

There's a lot of bad news out there and many news organizations tend to gravitate toward it. I fear it has become our nature, maybe it always was. It can be more than a little overwhelming.

Then I hear about an inner city cop who just wants to make a difference, to give kids, many of them from immigrant families, a chance to learn new things, to "be themselves and free themselves," as he puts it. There can be a lot of ugliness on those streets and kids are easily pulled in. Constable Kevin Gibson has seen it, up close.

He's put a lot of "sweat equity" into Status4, and convinced some like-minded volunteers to join him. Their efforts deserve recognition. I think this is part of what "Only in Canada" is too. This new segment on The National reflects geography, culture, unique things happening in Canadian communities, big or small.

Constable Gibson had an idea, to use his musical abilities to develop a program where kids could learn to sing, to play, to be themselves, all offered free of charge. But, he is dreaming big and hopes to see programs like this right across the country. That makes it worth turning on the television for.

Click here to learn more about Status4 on their website
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