Working here at The Standard and meeting people from all walks of life here in the community, from shop owners, volunteers, fundraisers, and everyone in between really opened my eyes in terms of what a community really is.
Living in Pickering, with the much larger population felt very disconnected. I rarely ever saw anyone I knew even with all of my friends living in Pickering as well. Being around the people of Scugog and other North Durham communities, has shown me that a real community still exists.
People remember your face, companies work together instead of against each other and small community gatherings are still a thing up here.
I know it must sound silly. What do you mean Robert? you might be asking. It’s true. I enjoy going to my favourite diner and seeing the same people and catching up.
Just the other week, a friend of mine in the community told me her daughter and her daughter’s friends spent a few nights together watching movies at the local school. Those are things that normally couldn’t happen in bigger communities. Too much red tape and liability issues.
People actually care about the community they live in. When they see something they don’t like, they write to the paper or go to the township offices and really fight for what they think is right. In the larger cities, there just aren’t enough people who actually care in the first place in order to change something they feel has wronged them. Now that I think about it, most people don’t bother complaining because they don’t think anyone is listening to them anyways.
The newspapers in larger communities all fall under one giant corporate umbrella, further alienating themselves from original context and distancing themselves from the community.
Small business thrives in North Durham. I can get real, fresh fruit that I can see growing in the distance. I can support local business and they in turn support me. It is so refreshing and as corny as it sounds, my heart feels like it’s grown a few sizes in the two short months I’ve spent up here. Long story short, don’t change North Durham.