Professional Fellows Exchange Program
A Community Remembers
Public attendees at the Oak Ridge City Council special meeting to deliver a proclamation honouring Patricia Imperato.
7 November 2016 |
YSEALI Professional Fellows Program Singapore
One of the beautiful things about living in a small city such as Oak Ridge (population est. 30,000) is that nearly everyone knows everybody else. Coming from a big city like Singapore (population est. 5.5 million) it is really easy to melt away into the crowd - be just another cog in the machine.
This contrast became very apparent during a specially convened meeting of the Oak Ridge City Council on 18 October 2016. The focus of the meeting was to deliver a proclamation honouring Patricia Imperato and recognize her for her service to the community. Patricia had just passed away a day earlier.
Now, I do not know Pat (as she is addressed affectionately) personally and had not met her at all. As an outsider, listening to multiple testimonies of Pat's community service, park beautification projects, tireless energy in raising funds for environmental initiatives, several thoughts struck me.
Ultimately it made me wonder how my Communtity can and should celebrate the "little guy".
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