How to Build Alternate Services Immune from Government Interference | Interview with Vicky Bayford, Freedom Network
February 17, 2022
Vicky Bayford is part of a new grassroots organization in Calgary called The Freedom Network which is currently providing young children and adolescents a space to carry on extracurricular activities that are no longer offered in their school setting. The Freedom Network plans to offer small businesses guidance as well as a place for people to gather, to share and to explore alternative options for goods and services. Vicky joins us to share what this grassroots organization has in store for Canadians.
On who this organization is geared for…
You don’t have to register with the government, so we don’t have a society. We do have an informal board of people that are helping grow the membership. We have people helping to keep the space clean, like lots of different things going on. I think mostly what we’re doing is literally conducting business. The only thing that we’re doing is we’re choosing to live our lives as we should, whether you choose to wear a mask or not, whether you choose to be vaxxing or not, whether you like it, it’s all about choice, right?
On the challenges our children currently face…
The interesting thing about this program is that the kids come up with the programs that they want. If the kids want to learn how to dance or they want to learn how to speak Spanish, or they want to learn how to, whatever, run a business, the facilitators of the program are actually developing these things. We’ve got about 25 to 30 students. These are all homeschooled kids. It’s really cute, it’s just nice to see kids smiling, playing, living as they should be living.
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