With this post, the regina mom publicly declares her support for Dr. Ryan Meili in his bid for Leader of the New Democratic Party in Saskatchewan. Learning about his community-based perspective, commitment to progressive ideals and dedication to building a better world pretty much cinched the deal.
Dr. Meili truly cares about people. His practice sees him working as a family physician at the West Side Community Clinic in Saskatoon or spelling off doctors in rural Saskatchewan communities or working with University of Saskatchewan medical students in the Making the Links Training for Health Renewal program at the Massinga Training Centre in Massinga, Mozambique, communities in northern Saskatchewan and in the heart of Saskatoon at SWITCH, the Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health, a student-run, interdisciplinary, inner-city clinic.
the regina mom really likes that the good doctor walks the talk.
And the talk Ryan Meili walks appears in his book, A Healthy Society: How a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy (Purich 2012).
Healthy Society is an eloquent cry from the heart and a rational appeal to the mind. With meticulous research, dramatic personal histories and precise analysis Dr. Meili shows why our wealthy society is far from a healthy one. He illustrates how social status affects physical well-being and suggests steps necessary to create a culture that's democratic not only in the electoral sense but also in its provision for the health of its members. -- Gabor Maté M.D., Author, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
Needless to say, A Healthy Society is now on trm's reading list. Oh yes, dear Reader, you know the regina mom has a soft spot for politics and also for writers. Her experience marketing this hot place taught her that spending time visiting libraries and bookstores, town halls and community centres throughout the province and the country, sharing a book to which you've given your creative energies, takes a lot of courage and confidence, flexibility and commitment. the regina mom wants those characteristics in the Leader of the NDP, the party that most closely represents her politics.
It's clear Ryan has those skills and that he will use them to rebuild the NDP in the province and in so doing, build a healthier society in Saskatchewan an Canada.