Since the elections candidates were officially announced one week ago today things have been pretty full in my world. This website is a work in progress that will continue to be added onto. Some additions will be video blogs, written blogs, press and media, feedback and bi-weekly polls. So what have I been up to this past week? Developing flyers, website, writing press releases, speeches for the all candidates, and meeting a ton of people on daily visit’s to people's home.
Dedicated to working with all of the people in my community, this campaign is no different. Together, Judy Stafford, myself
and when possible Joe Thorne are walking together. This has been a conversation started for sure and widely accepted and applauded by the people we have visited. We all know that we have to work together in order to continue to grow a healthy, progressive and economically strong community. We come from diverse backgrounds and support the work and ethics each other brings to this mix. We don’t expect anyone to vote for all of us, of course that would be great but honestly all we request is that people come out and vote for people who represent a vision and commitment to a community they believe in.
I have learned that the people the live in this City are as diverse as the landscape of this valley. Every street has a different perspective of what is working, not working and what they need to support their vision of this City. i have always believed that input from citizens is vital in community building and after speaking to so many of you already, i hear you asking for the same thing. And
because each neighbourhood is so diverse, each must have its own voice and representation so their concerns are adequately presented before decisions that directly impact you are made on your behalf. While it is true that the job of elected officials is to make decisions on behalf of the people in their elcetoral, it is equally as true that they must first know what it is the citizens they represent want for their communities. Whether it's garbage cans for Tim Horton's to go, chickens in the backyard, bike lanes, better parks, community consultation, safer streets, gathering places for youth, mobility alternatives for other abled people, alternate power, new business....the list you have been presenting goes on - as does your list of possible solutions. Garbage cans at the end of the streets affected by the new Tim Horton’s, alternative energy, enforceable bylaws and regulations for chickens, neighbourhood liaisons for council, alternative energy production, urban agriculture, more effective use of green space, more green space, and plenty of creative ideas for parking solution in the downtown car. i look forward to hearing more. Tuesday we will be up in the Duncan El area and Wednesday Pine
Street neighbourhoods, see you then ~ michelle