Together, We are Burlington

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Share your stories of community with Together, We Are Burlington

Every day in Burlington, someone does something for a friend, a stranger or their community. Many times, no one knows the action or even the impact it has. Sure, the city has some larger than life events and local personalities that are exciting, award-winning and newsworthy, but it’s the random acts of community that really build our strength, sense of belonging and defines who we are as a city.

We are asking residents to share stories of what makes you proud to be Canadian and a Burlington resident, and how we come together as a City. Tell us about how you or someone you know has made a difference or has brought people together through random acts of community; moments of kindness or through small acts that may have made a bigger impact in your life or those around you.


Share your stories of community with Together, We Are Burlington

Every day in Burlington, someone does something for a friend, a stranger or their community. Many times, no one knows the action or even the impact it has. Sure, the city has some larger than life events and local personalities that are exciting, award-winning and newsworthy, but it’s the random acts of community that really build our strength, sense of belonging and defines who we are as a city.

We are asking residents to share stories of what makes you proud to be Canadian and a Burlington resident, and how we come together as a City. Tell us about how you or someone you know has made a difference or has brought people together through random acts of community; moments of kindness or through small acts that may have made a bigger impact in your life or those around you.


Share your stories here.

Personal Information contained on this page is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001, c.25, as amended and will be used for the purpose of gathering and sharing stories. Select submissions may be contacted for permission to share in other mediums. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Supervisor, Festivals & Events sandra.maxwell@burlington.ca, by phone at 905-335-7600, ext. 7724, or by mail at 426 Brant St., Burlington, Ontario L7R-3Z6.

We are looking for your stories of what makes you a proud Canadian and Burlington resident and how we come together.  Here are some thoughts on stories you could share:

1. What do you love about Burlington or your local community?

2. What is it about Burlington that drew you here or keeps you here?

3. How has the Burlington community made you feel welcome or proud to be a part of it?

4. How have you or someone you know, contributed to the Burlington community that brings us closer together?

5. How has Burlington shaped you?

We are looking for your submissions in writing (500 words or less) or through a video (no longer than 1 min and upload via YouTube or Vimeo) or a combination of written with photos sharing a story.

You can start your story like this: “I’m proud to be Canadian and I love Burlington because……”


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    Small Challenges Help

    by tdal, 9 days ago
    The banner on the City of Burlington's Parks and Recreation website read Outdoor Winter Play Challenge. The idea was to form a team and participate in a variety of challenges based on a scavenger hunt. I thought it would be a great way to pass the Winter season during the pandemic. I followed the instructions, downloaded the GooseChase app and created my team...tdal (a nickname my daughter gave me!) I emailed my friend Heather, who agreed to be on my team.

    We were ready to compete.

    Initially there were about 100 challenges to choose from. For example, Doing a Good... Continue reading

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    Fiddling Community Project has Surprising Response

    by aw, about 1 month ago

    My friends and I are part of a fiddling community here in Burlington and Oakville. My neighbour and fellow amateur musician, who also lives in Burlington, offered to help create a video of fiddle music that we christened our “winter lockdown project” so we could continue to create music together while being apart. Armed with cell phones, we individually managed to record audio tracks at home that were mixed into wonderful sets of fiddle tunes with lighthearted sound effects. This audio accompanied photographs of Ireland and Scotland taken by us all.

    Posting the resultant video allowed us to stay connected... Continue reading

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    Social Capital

    by heartwood8, about 1 month ago

    Leslie Bullock didn’t invent the phrase “Social capital”, I will bet there is a picture of her beside the definition in the dictionary.

    Social capital is the sense and the sum of our connections. Many studies show that social capital relates strongly with one’s positive overall feelings, physical and mental health and increased productivity.

    Murray McLaughlin once sang, (appropriately in “The Farmers Song”) “These days when everyone’s taking so much, there’s someone giving back in”.

    The traditional places to feel some connections are no longer as vibrant as they once were. There is a historic low in union memberships, religious... Continue reading

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    Together, We Make A Difference

    by SMaxwell, about 1 month ago

    Story submitted by Wayne Brown

    I was surprised, but I should have expected it; after all, they’re Burlingtonians.

    Before the Pandemic, Hope Church, on Burloak, supported about 35 families through their “Market”. People donated food and other household items and Judith Alexander, with her team, made sure these were distributed. Last Christmas, largely due to the Pandemic, the numbers had jumped to over 70 families. A friend, Bruce McLean and I were happy to assist and we frequented Fortinos to do so.

    Many other stories of need came to light thanks to people as Gayle Kabbash, David Vandenberg, and Councillors... Continue reading

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    Burlingtonians are Generous and Compassionate

    by Pat Klein, 2 months ago

    Burlington is a wonderful place to call home! There is a great sense of community and generosity here. An outstanding example for me was being involved with others in our church in settling four families of refugees from war-torn countries.


    Each of these families had experienced a variety of very very difficult situations, including being chased by ISIS forces.


    As we awaited their arrival, seniors, children, everyone seemed to want to be involved, even including friends and neighbours of our team-members. They enthusiastically gathered furnishings for the apartment, they gave to the fund-raising campaign, they offered to drive until the... Continue reading

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    Proud to be on the team

    by Lauraine Woods, 2 months ago

    When the call came for volunteers to return to Joseph Brant Hospital to be in the welcome team for the vaccination clinic, I answered the call. And so did 70 other members of our community. After fighting this pandemic in our homes, this is our chance to actively assist members of our own community to smoothly receive their vaccine innoculations. And it has been so much fun besides. I have met lovely people who are so excited to get their shots. Some are nervous, some are gruff, but almost without fail, these people thank the volunteers in our blue vests... Continue reading

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    A truly Community-centric Family

    by Mark Benallick, 3 months ago

    Hello and good day. The purpose of this correspondence is to offer an account of unsung heroes, within Burlington.

    I would like to share the wonderful example set by the Skinner family (Tyler, Danya, Carson, Kelsey and Crosby - and their furry kid - "Ozzie").

    We have been neighbours of the Skinner's since, 2009. We have watched their kids grow into considerate and conscientious citizens of this city. Their kids have held down the Burlington Post delivery route on our street for as long as we can remember. Timely and always delivered with a smile, the Skinner kids have been... Continue reading

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    The Enchanted Forest

    by KTB, 3 months ago

    Back in November, my sister took her daughters to Bronte Park where they discovered “the gnome trail”. My one niece loved it and told me excitedly the next day, about the “fairy tale theatre” and other things she had seen. I loved the idea so much, that I decided to try and start the same thing here. There were already beautiful painted rocks all over the place, which people seemed to enjoy, and this would take it all a step further.

    I painted some wooden bird-houses, trees and animals and put them out along one of the trails. The idea... Continue reading

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    saving my neighbours

    by bente cairns, 3 months ago
    In the winter of 2019 just before the new year (2020) my husband discovered a gas smell coming from the unoccupied house across the street from our house. This property has been unoccupied for almost a decade. I thought I'd seen a man exiting the front door. Flyers are dropped almost daily in the mail box by the front door so it wasn't entirely unusual. Something however didn't seem right and I asked my husband to go and check it out. Two days later on his way to work he reported back to me a gas smell. I called the... Continue reading

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    Small act of kindness

    by lokeshvt, 3 months ago
    I came to Canada in 2005 to pursue my engineering degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, after graduating in 2011, I got my first job in Burlington as a software developer, I used to use public transport to get to places, and on several occasions the bus has stopped for me at a safe location if I was running to the stop and missed it, once I was carrying groceries and someone offered to give me a ride home, you don't find this sort of compassion anywhere else, it motivates you to get out of your comfort zone and help... Continue reading

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