In our busy everyday lives, we are not often given opportunities to reflect and give thanks to those who made our neighbourhoods brighter places to grow up and raise our children.
These are the people who stood up for our libraries, parks, and community centres, the people who fought for fairness, the people who helped us feel proud of where we came from, and where we call home.
Harvey Smith was a true community champion. He never gave up fighting for the people of Daniel McIntyre, and for the community places that bring us together. Daniel McIntyre is a gem that shines brighter everyday because of the hard work, dedication, and passion of neighbourhood heroes like Harvey.
Harvey always made sure that our voices were heard. Whether it be saving the Sherbrook Pool, building more affordable housing, supporting the renewal of Central Park, standing up for the West End 24-Hour Safe Space, fixing our roads, or improving transit, Harvey stood fast in his commitment to advocate for our community, and especially for those who could not advocate for themselves.
I have no doubt that Harvey’s commitment to our neighbourhood and to our city stemmed from his great love for the people and the places within them. His legacy lives on in every corner of Daniel McIntyre.
Thank you Harvey for your love of this place we call home and the many noble causes you fought for. You have inspired many to be community champions, and there is no doubt that your life helped improve the lives of countless others.