Election Day is finally here (get out and vote if you haven’t!). I couldn’t be more proud of what I and my team have accomplished. As I reflect on the past eight (plus) months we’ve been campaigning, I’ve gained an even greater appreciation for the city that has been home for me for most of my life. I have always loved living in Calgary – but the more I’ve talked to residents of Ward 11, old and new, the more I see we’ve got a pretty special city to live and work in. I’ve heard in every community in Ward 11 that you love where you live. You love your neighbours and the sense of community. You enjoy the various amenities and services your neighbourhood and Calgary has to offer. Most importantly you want to see things continue to grow in a positive way.
Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to talk to me – at events, forums and at your homes and share your questions and concerns. You invited me into your homes, to your schools and your community gatherings and trusted me with your vision and ideas for your neighbourhood’s future. You shared my posts and platform with your friends and neighbours, creating the type of dialogue that brings us together, creates positive change and builds strong communities.
I have learned a lot about what is important to you, your friends and family. You value a well-rounded city with amenities and services that benefit a range of residents – even if you don’t use them yourself. You want to make sure seniors have the opportunity to age in place, in the communities they’ve called home for decades. Safety – for your children, your neighbours’ children, is a focus. You believe that The Arts add value to our city – at the grassroots level right up to major theatre production and art installations. Having the ability to get around in a variety of ways, safely and efficiently means that you value transit, cycling routes and good pedestrian connectivity, in addition to well maintained road networks. Accessibility and inclusivity are values you share with your neighbours across the ward – you believe it’s important to take care of our most vulnerable.
You are worried about the economy but recognize that Calgary is a bright, educated, resilient city. You support diversification and attracting a variety of businesses to Calgary. You also strongly believe in supporting local businesses from the coffee shop down the street to the innovative tech start-ups. Value for your tax dollars is critical; quality services are something you expect in your community. Engagement on change in your neighbourhood is critical as are the various relationships between community stakeholders.
All of these thoughts and ideas (and many more) went into the formation of my platform and will continue to shape my decisions should I have the privilege of being your representative on council.
We do have challenges – and we always will. But with those challenges come opportunities. I feel we are well positioned to welcome and embrace those opportunities with a new council. Hopefully our council will work together through differences, with a focus on positive change and getting things done.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this journey in so many different ways (from sign support to donations to asking the tough questions!). You have made this experience fun, engaging and thought-provoking. It has solidified for me that I absolutely made the right choice to get involved and run in this election.
I encourage everyone to get out and vote – share your voice and vision for our community and city as a whole. Thank you for being part of my journey and more importantly, part of the election process.