On August 22, 2011, Jack Layton passed away.
Many people knew Jack over his lifetime of activism, first as a city councillor in Toronto, then as the head of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and finally as the leader of the New Democratic Party. On this, the anniversary of his death, many who knew him -- privately and publicly -- will be thinking about him. Not only of his impact on the Canadian political landscape, but also of his impact on their lives. I'm one of them.