Hard to believe three years have passed since my first election campaign!! I am eternally grateful for the experiences that being on council has brought me! I have learned more than I could have imagined and have discovered that there are many intelligence, compassionate and dedicated people who work in our cities, municipalities, regions and towns across BC!! And the majority truly love their communities and the work that they do and at the core of our values we all agree that we want what is best for our children, our grandchildren the earth and our neighbourhoods.
BUT and this is a big but!!! We have fundamentally different views when it comes to the HOW we reach those goals and build that future vision. It is in the but where the breakdowns take place, where shoulders are cold, people feel misunderstood, ignored and left out. Where back room meetings take place to decide what is best for everyone. This is where the biggest change can happen, in the place of Buts, Maybes and It Can't Be Done and, this takes work and time and a tremendous amount of effort to achieve. This is where relationships need to be formed, true collaboration needs to be a priority and everyone needs to be at the table. And while there are many concrete things that need to be focussed on at the level of local government, see my platform for some of those, the main focus needs to be on building more effective ways of working together. The days of leaving people out of the decision making processes that effect their daily lives and basic needs must become a thing of the past. That is one of the main reason I am out hitting the pavement, knocking on doors, talking to people, doing this all over again because I saw changes happen when we started to learn how to come together to make decisions, and it has been messy sometimes, disheartening at others and completely frustrating BUT there have also been times when it has worked, when we have stepped outside of the ring and for a moment in a decision, we have all worked through our differences an found a place where we put aside our agenda's and recognized the values of each other and made decisions that support the people we serve. An this is just the beginning, so fragile and new that another four years has the potential to build a strong foundation where it is ok for us to disagree and where we can still do what needs to be done and include everyone in making that decision.