“For all the innate values in his person, projected in our municipality for the benefit of all the people of Cantoria, on behalf of this Government team and on my own behalf as mayoress and president of this corporation, we distinguish Mr. Jorge González, Jorge the Mexican, as we all know him and as he likes to be called, as an adopted son of the municipality of Cantoria”. With these words Puri Sánchez Aránega, mayoress of the town of Cantoria has put an end to a wide range of values, actions and initiatives that have made this Mexican citizen, who has been living in the town for almost 20 years, worthy of the highest award that a town can give to a person not born in the municipality. The aim of the distinction is that he should be considered not as just another neighbour, but as one who is especially recognised for the values represented by his involvement in the life of the municipality.
The act of naming him as an adopted son took place in an extraordinary session of the plenary of Cantoria, which was called with the naming of González as an adopted son as the only point. The honoree, who usually broadcasts the municipal plenary sessions on social networks, was unaware that he was the protagonist of this special and extraordinary session.
González, motu proprio and from the early stages of the last pandemic, was the first volunteer to take medicine or food to local residents scattered throughout the municipality, almost 80 square kilometres, both to those who were confined because they were suffering from the disease or were disabled for any reason.
For years and thanks to his bilingual status, he has been the main point of support for the foreign population that has settled in Cantoria in recent years, and one of the main promoters and inciters of the cultural exchange that has led to the current degree of integration and involvement of all in a single community, regardless of nationality.
“For all this curriculum of merits that are not studied in any university, because they can only be born from the heart, make him more than deserving of this distinction. And this government team considers it only fair to recognise his worth as a person, always concerned about helping others, committed to all social causes, both inside and outside the municipality. A person who came from another continent and decided to settle in our town almost 20 years ago and later, as soon as he had the opportunity, he brought his family with him because he fell in love with our town and its people. And here he is trying to put down roots,” explains the mayoress.