Sooke is now recognized as one of over 400 cities, towns, villages and neighbourhoods that are striving for a kinder, better planet. It is one of about 100 communities where the local government officially supported the implementation of a Compassionate Action Plan, or CAP.
Compassion is concern for the suffering of others. It requires empathy and understanding rather than pity and judgement. Compassion is often the motivation for acts of caring and kindness.
The District of Sooke approved the sign to be posted at the town’s kiosk on September 30, 2019, at a regular council meeting (raw notes were sent to SPN subscribers). Sooke Council unanimously endorsed the Sooke Compassionate Action Plan and the recognition of Sooke as a Compassionate Community on May 13, 2019.
The five areas of focus identified by Sooke CAP are as follows:
- Affordability Crisis (housing, food, childcare)
- Social Isolation (seniors, disabled, youth)
- Inadequate Health Services (access, mental health, whole-person care)
More information on the Sooke Compassionate Action Plan is available on the Charter for Compassion International website.
The initiative has been in process for the past two-and-a-half years.
The original request to post the sign was made to Council in September.