Just one closing thought. It is not easy to summon up courage to make a public presentation. Even for me. It is even harder to speak about personal experience of mental illness. People like my son are not likely to have the health, wellbeing and trust to disclose their private lives and routines to you. How can they compete with the architects, consultants and planners who will have strong and eloquent arguments for sites not in the downtown core? For that reason, I'm also asking you as committed Board volunteers and city councillors to remember who you see when you will visit the downtown library and to be their advocates.
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