This afternoon, I hosted the grand opening of the new branch office of the musicians' union. I'm donating my office space to do this. The union local in my city, Peterborough 191, amalgamated with Kingston 518 in 1992. There hasn't really been a presence here since then.
Two board members drove up for from Kingston to help me greet local musicians. They brought brochures and other materials for the office, and answered questions and discussed issues with a few local musicians. Good hard discussion were had on career challenges musicians face. Going forward, I will have help and backing of at least one knowledgeable veteran. Members from the local labour council attended so I was able to begin a relationship with those organizations. A young musician was in attendance as well which was encouraging.
After the event, I felt motivated knowing that I have real support in my new role as the Peterborough representative. I hope to make a difference in my community.