City encouraged to follow Nelson Mandela’s example

Tyler Clarke
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Coun. Don Cody speaks near the close of Monday’s city council meeting about the positive example Nelson Mandela offered humanity -- an example he hopes to see city residents follow. 

Anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela provided a positive example that the rest of humanity can aspire to.


Speaking of the past South African president in high regard, Coun. Don Cody took a moment to share a little bit about the man, who died on Dec. 5 at the age of 95.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared July 18 Nelson Mandela International Day since 2010. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities followed the UN’s example this year, and Prince Albert will follow in 2014.

Watching news coverage in the days following Mandela’s Dec. 5 death, Cody said, “It almost brings tears to your eyes all the things that individual went through.”

Mandela spent 27 years in prison, and then got out “to make democracy a truth in South Africa,” Cody said.

“The stuff he had to go through and the endurance he had in jail was just unbelievable.”

We’ll get as many people as we can to do 67 minutes of public service. It’s always nice to do, and if we can do that it’d be just great. Don Cody

Agreeing that it’s “a great idea,” Mayor Greg Dionne agreed to declare July 18, 2014, Nelson Mandela Day in Prince Albert.

Recognizing the 67 years Mandela spent in public service, residents will be encouraged to volunteer 67 minutes of their day toward bettering the community in whatever way they can.

“I think we, as people who are in a democracy, have a responsibility to help out, and certainly the City of Prince Albert is always one city who has helped out,” Cody said.

“We’ll get as many people as we can to do 67 minutes of public service. It’s always nice to do, and if we can do that it’d be just great.”

Organizations: Prince Albert, United Nations General Assembly, Federation of Canadian Municipalities UN

Geographic location: South Africa, Prince Albert

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  • Brandt
    December 10, 2013 - 16:58

    Mandela’s life was the embodiment of the human spirit. His energy will uplift every corner of the globe which battles for equal rights for its citizens. Hopefully we may do his legacy justice by starting at home and empowering our citizens once again. I was compelled to pay homage to Nelson Mandela with my art by creating a portrait of the world leader In Memoriam at Drop by and let us know how his strength has inspired you!