By John Abuoi Manyang
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I am very delighted that all the people who have voted in this election have enormous commitment and determination to make this a special day. Today I am proud to say we have succeeded in forming Bor community national association in Canada with an elected leader. Moreover, I am glad for being honoured to lead our community association. And although I was declared the winner in this election, I have considered it a breakthrough to form the association that will be in charge of providing solutions to many challenges each of us in this community are accustomed to face.
The campaign was intensive, tough and I felt it is worthy to mention a word of thank to our opponents. I have a special gratitude to Daniel Riak Mach and his wife, Achol Biar Mayen (Maan Agok). I hope we are both grateful for the time she allowed us to debate many issues regarding our community while she was taking care of the kids. Thank also to Kur AgutoYuang and Bor Action Team entirely. Without them, it would have been difficult for us to represent our platforms to the member of Bor community. I am grateful too that the campaign was professionally conducted and I hope we have fairly debated on issues that matters to all of us in some ways. Even though we have spoken the most to the will of our people to entrust us their community leadership, we know there is no winner without an opponent and better plans without being criticized.
I am also grateful to my former colleagues in Bor Community organising committee. If it was not their unwavering fair, neutral, intelligent, patient and hard work like of characters in the election process, we would have been way far to form this national association. Additionally, we would have not adequately addressed the tangible solutions to the challenges in our community such as lack of our seriousness to engage in money generating social activities and encouraging of our few experts to incite the young generation on how to improve their search of better careers.
In brief, I am thankful to my wife, Achan Nhial, for taking care of the kids while I was away doing the campaign. The other important family member to thank is my younger brother Mach Manyang. He has been supportive of my campaign. Sometimes if the campaign is not well handled, there is unnecessary quarrel and hatred involved with it. It is also remarkable to mention the team that dedicated their time with the very best of themselves in the campaign of this election. When it was decisively agreed to organize ourselves in an association, it was not in my thought that I would be the most likely elected candidate in this convention. The campaign was nothing more than just a phone call from one person to another. The team was a bit small in number of people who had accepted the request to campaign; however, I did not underestimate the power of their persuasion to the voters in today’s election. Never did I also doubt their knowledge of understanding the importance of organizing ourselves into a socially unified community. Personally, I attribute this victory to their dedication and selfless hard work to all involved members of the Bor Engagement Team: The following are their name and assignment in non-hierarchically order:
- Abacha Maluk Deng – deputy chairperson
- Campaign Manager – James Adut Agoor
- Campaign Communications Director – Agou Anyieth Kur
- Campaign Spokesperson & Press Secretary – Mach Anai Deng
- Campaign Women Affairs Director – Aluel Wal
- Campaign Deputy Finance Director – Achol Yaak
- Campaign Youth Affairs Coordinator – Mary Aruar Garang
- Campaign Advisors -Abraham Mathiang Ayom, Hakim Bol
- Coordinator, Edmonton – Mabil Yuot, Deng Nhial Garang
- Coordinator, Calgary – John Garang Achiek, Amol Amum
- Coordinator, Fort McMurray – Nhial Ayuen
- Coordinator, Regina – Jakob Mabior Panchol
- Coordinator, Winnipeg – Thon Duot
With respect to our platforms, we have talked a lot to many people on the potential, achievable plans. We have outspoken our stand of working together to improve our living standard in Canada, unifying our community to resolve so many challenges, cooperating with other Bor community associations in other countries to address and achieve solutions to some problems as well as promoting relationship with other neighboring communities from back home in South Sudan The time to change is now. And soon after this conference, we will begin to strategize on how to implement our object.
Firstly, in the campaign we talked predominantly of unity. Some people might have doubted that we are divided and may be in a reunification campaign. No, do not be wrong! Bor community has never been divided. Many of our past leaders have worked hard to bring us together in order to defeat the challenges then, now and even in the future. Clearly, we were campaigning on the basis of our group in action to overcome the challenges and be organized in common social activities. In such solidarity in our community, I hope we will work together to improve in our language program to the young people, encourage mindful small business individuals of our society in different cities and search for investment opportunities to generate income for our community including cease of growing crime rate among our young population.
Secondly, you voted for us because we have the plans to engage ourselves in socio-economic activities and if you help us financially, we will be better off with our plans. Even though the hardest part of any plans is to raise the money, we have not fear to lead this association. Our history of being hard working people speaks of itself. Before we left home in some decades ago, some of us, our friends or even relatives might have been to school just before the war outbreak. Those schools were not funded by any organisations or government, Bor people themselves built them. The individual in those days were not better off than we are currently. I am optimistic we have hard working people ourselves, for instance this hall was paid by one person, Achiek Mariar. Therefore, I hope we will get over financial barrier in good will when we ask you to help us in order to meet our plans that we put forward in the campaign.
Thirdly, Bor community is a global organized association. We are part of sisterly or brotherly association in the US, Australia and even in South Sudan. In some days to come, our leadership will work hard to inspire better cooperation with our other geographically neighboring communities in South Sudan. You have trust in us and we will keep striving to promote a peaceful, prosperous interaction among ourselves. We have objective agendas to make a different back home but we will not be alone. Our population in Canada is less compare to the number in US and Australia. As a result, whenever there are external issues that require our commitment, we will always be doing our share.
Lastly, we have to advocate for peaceful relationships with other community within our community neighbourhood in South Sudan. I believe in the power of negotiation to win and compromise. The mechanism of peaceful coexistence is vanishing at the expense of free social media agents. In few days to come, I will make sure to put my team of leadership in place with better peaceful approach of discouraging the misuses of social media to flame hatred among the communities. Twic east, Munderi, Alieu and even the murle people share the borders with us for many years and there have to be a plan of promoting positive influence in contrast to the negative impact.
In summary, we can achieve more together and better we shall be if we are united in our action. Again thank for your coming, and thank for voting us to lead this association.
For any comments, Concerns or questions, please contact the forwarder Mach Anai Deng at Jomaanai@gmail.com.