Good Christmastime Wishes

In a multi-cultural society, the Christmas season means a great many things to different people. Traditionally it is a celebration of the birth of the Christian Saviour, while in so many societies in the northern hemisphere, it has been based on marking the winter solstice with various celebrations. Such events can bring different cultures living in the same community together with a common spirit of joy in the passing of another yearly milestone, the mid-winter shortest day and the beginning of a new year, a new beginning.   

Our tradition involves Christmas trees, gifts, family gatherings around a turkey dinner, and joyous Christian songs and rituals.  In doing so, we all join together in welcoming and sharing the joys of the season with those of different cultures, making it a time of recognizing all those common human values that unite us all. 

The PEI branch of the NDP wishes all our neighbours, our community citizenship, the most joyous season.

Joe Byrne

Joe Byrne

Here on PEI, Joe has worked on numerous social programs in rural communities. He has done field work on issues faced by university and college students, has been Director of Youth Ministry, and has also coordinated pastoral planning for the diocese. He remains active in the Latin American Mission Program, and is President of the Cooper Institute, a grass-roots collective for community development. He also counts among his volunteer and community work Charlottetown Abbies soccer, church Youth and Music ministries, Voluntary Resource Council, Peace Vigil Group, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, Canada World Youth, and Katimavik hosting. He keeps up his interaction with young people as a part-time instructor for the Abegweit Driving School. All of this, he does in addition to his work in the NDP. His vast array of church and community experiences have helped him cultivate his skills in communication, organization, and consensus building, and also brought him the joy of forming hundreds of friendships.

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