On Sunday afternoon there was a great gathering of community on the steps of the Manitoba Legislature. A rally to raise awareness about the nearly 300 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria.
Many of the people gathered were dressed in red to show solidarity, but off to the side was a man dressed in the most amazing suit I had ever seen. It was a beautiful lavender colour.
After introductions Daswell McLeod said that he had a red suit, but thought it might be too much.
I asked him if he had any advice he could give.
"Let us come together and work together and be as one."
Has there ever been a situation where you felt that getting people together, getting the word out, and it wasn't happening?
"Yes, there are times when we get together and we want to get the word out, but it never materialized. I think it's time for us to really push hard. That an event like this, get out there and people pay attention. All of us, all of us as citizens, all of us that love this beautiful country of Canada can get together and help our fellow human beings around the world. That's what we are here for as a people."
What might your greatest struggle be right now?
"What I struggle with is the injustice, it's the unfairness that I see, even to some degree creeping into our country. I think we need to understand that people are people and everyone of us needs help. We can be selfish in what we have, we need to help each other."
Have you ever been in a situation where you couldn't help others?
"I have never been in a situation where I couldn't help anybody. In terms of money, I don't have a lot of that... but I've given my time, my energy, my input, I'm always there ready to do that. I have done that in the past, over and over again."