Michael Champagne is a community activist and speaker based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Recently, in a moving post, he thanked the people of his North End neighborhood for their perseverance in building a better community for future generations.

Champagne’s tribute got us thinking about the many ways there are to convey “I love you” by using actions, not words.

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My family taught me that sometimes you can say “I Love You” through the hard work that you do.

To the helpers in the village, I want you to look in the mirror. I want you to see every scar, every wrinkle, every grey hair as a badge of honour. I want you to see in your reflection medicine; the medicine we need to heal our shared pain. I…

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