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Baker chooses five things to make Jersey even better

Baker chooses five things to make Jersey even better

Friday 11 November 2016

Baker chooses five things to make Jersey even better

David Dodge, Managing Director of Vienna Bakery, is next up in our weekly series, asking the good folk of Jersey what they would like to see change in the Island.

Mr Dodge is a great believer in planning ahead and he also hopes the younger generation will take time to reflect on where they want the Island to be in the years to come.

1. Remember to count our blessings

Jersey may be a small island but we are without a doubt a special place. Our clean and beautiful coastline and countryside, our education and medical systems, our caring community, our safe environment and many more characteristics are all reasons to be cheerful. We should remember to be grateful that we live in such a fortunate and peaceful part of the world, a place where there are many opportunities.

2. Acknowledge the weaknesses and strengths of Jersey

While we need to remember what makes us great we also need to reflect on where things go wrong.  Instead of complaining, let’s find solutions to Jersey’s problems. I want us to be proud of our Island, but we need to be logical about what’s good and bad - what gets measured gets managed.

3. A vision and a plan 

I would especially like the younger generation to think about where they would like Jersey to be in 30 or 40 years for themselves, their children and their grandchildren. By having a vision, we can plan for Jersey’s future to safeguard our economy, our community, our environment and our heritage while adapting with the times.

4. Sit down and share a meal with friends

This one is simple. I believe food is not just fuel for our bodies.  Preparing fresh food brings people together to talk, share and laugh – a reality check. We all have to eat so why not spend that time with the ones you love. Nothing could be more special to me.

5. Aspire 

Everyone should aim for a goal, whether its personal or career. Working hard earns reward. We need to adapt, learn new skills, take a risk and not be afraid to be different or make a mistake. Aspirations should not stop with the individual and we shouldn’t take an inclusive community and all it offers for granted.



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Posted by Jeff McGarry on
What a great piece. So nice to hear some positive words.

I am thinking that Mr Dodge could make a great Chief Minister!
Posted by Valerie Payne on
Lovely to read something so positive and uplifting. I agree Jersey is a special place to live.
Posted by Peter Wilkinson on
Great to read this piece and I agree with all the sentiments. Jersey is a special place and should never be taken for granted, people should be proud to live there.
Posted by Alan Garner on
Jersey is a special laced filled with special people and it's unto the people to keep it that way !!! Fantastic article and I think Mr Dodge should be in the States building as well.
Posted by Des Pyper on
great simple messages, why can"t our elected Reps. take a lesson introduce accountability for your actions and take the praise and the flack ...... am I wishful thinking but David says it all from someone who cares about the bigger picture and not himself how bloody refreshing!!
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