Tristan Norton is a city kid working in a country world.
He grew up in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and spent time in the United States while completing his undergraduate degree. He now resides in Moose Jaw, Sask. and works as the director for the Centre For Leadership Studies at Briercrest College and Seminary.
As one could imagine, the differences between Tristan’s Caribbean upbringing and his current home in rural Saskatchewan outweigh the similarities.
“I love Saskatchewan, I love Moose Jaw,” Tristan says on the Leading With Nice Interview Series podcast. “But I think what has happened is that people in this area would consider themselves very conservative. What I’ve noticed is that a lot of individuals who put that label on themselves, they’re not pacifist, but they also don’t like seeking out confrontation. So they will do everything to not be called racist or any derogatory term.
“It sometimes comes off as being just a little bit too weird because they’re trying so hard. And then they end up doing things that are more detrimental instead of just owning the fact that everyone is different and we need to learn how to live with these differences and not isolate anyone. In my workplace, it’s been great because a lot of people are recognizing that and are asking questions and are trying to speak up and figure out what’s different.”
You won’t want to miss the latest episode where Tristan offers some great insight on how we can all appreciate everyone’s differences and take advantage of that fullness in both our work and personal lives. Check it out below.