Yesterday, we witnessed history-in-the-making as Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. In a lot of ways, this ceremony represented incredible hope for the future, after four tumultuous years – even to those of us in Canada. Many of our clients and their families, as well as our staff, have friends and loved ones living in America.
While watching the inauguration coverage, I was struck by some powerful moments, with lessons important to Grandview Kids and the people we serve.
- Kamala Harris became the first woman to serve as Vice President, and the first person to do so of Black and South Asian decent. I am inspired that children of the world will look to these leaders as proof of their own potential. No matter your political persuasion, inspiring kids to dream big is worth celebrating.
- Before the national anthem began, people in the audience were asked to “stand if you are able.” This seemingly innocuous introduction demonstrates inclusivity and accessibility in action. This is something we continue to advocate for at Grandview Kids, in service to the children and youth with disabilities who we support every day.
- Amanda Gorman became the youngest poet ever to perform at a presidential inauguration, calling for “unity and togetherness” in her self-penned poem. It was a dictation commended by global dignitaries, leaders and activists. What you may not know is that Amanda overcame an audio processing disorder – a diagnosis shared by many Grandview Kids – in her quest to become a world-renowned storyteller. She is “living life to her full potential” – our vision for all Grandview Kids.
- Prominent attendees, including Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris, donned purple outfits. Many have picked up on this. Whether intentional or not, purple is a symbolic colour. It represents royalty, heroism, the Suffragette movement and unity. Combining the Republican red and Democratic blue reveals a shade of purple; this subtle nod to bipartisanship reinforces the importance of kindness, respect, empathy and shared purpose – values we try to exemplify every day at Grandview Kids.
As we look ahead to consider what this leadership change means for our American neighbours,
and to the rest of the world, I am comforted by the tone of the ceremony. It set precedent for a
future, one where the potential and diversity of our community’s youngest members are realized
Written by: Lorraine Sunstrum-Mann, Grandview Kids CEO