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14-Jul-2020

Letter to the Editor: Beard for Bucks was a learning opportunity


OSHF Beards for Bucks participants

Dear Editor,

On Saturday July 11, 2020 I participated in a fundraising event called “Beards for Bucks” which was aimed at raising funds for the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation. In particular the funds raised would go to the COVID-19 Critical Response Fund.

As part of the event, my beard was shaved off by a stylist. When I had agreed to participate in the event, I was told that I would be shaving my own beard. I didn't realize the plans had changed until it was too late. Nevertheless, I should have spoken up when I realized. I unreservedly apologize for my inaction & I vow to do better in the future.

As someone from a small business background myself, I understand the frustrations that many of them have shared. I should have considered how the optics of the event and my participation in it the would be perceived and I regret not having done so.

I also want to thank those who have reached out to me with criticisms as well as those who have sent messages of support. I am taking this as a learning opportunity and ensuring that I will do better in the future. 

Aakash Desai
Deputy Mayor, Municipality of Grey Highlands

 


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Updated March 12, 2020.

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