TODAY is ELECTION DAY and this will by my last campaign blog about the issues. Please feel free to comment and discuss the issues. I do not have all the answers but you may contact me to discuss them.
Excellence in REPRESENTATION is critical to getting heard and ultimately resolve critical issues. I have met with citizens that issues and work with them to find a solution. The solution is not always what the citizen expects but we always work within the framework of our municipal government that is controlled by laws and regulations dictated to us by The Municipal Act. It gives us the right to govern as a council but under certain controls and regulations. If Council decides to ignore the rules, there would be serious consequences that could include suspension of the Council.
Excellence in representation also means that we are prepared to meet with all citizens on a regular basis. Throughout this past four year term, I have co-sponsored Constituents Meet and Greets with my colleague, Angie Desmarais. Twice per year we invite Ward 2 constituents to meet and talk to us about their concerns. The last ward meeting lasted until early into the morning.
These meetings allow us to feel the pulse of this community and find out what issues are important to the community. It helps us to plan what issues are priority that need to be presented to Council during the next six months. While some issues have been resolved, others have been presented more than once and others are still pending. This, ladies and gentlemen, is excellence in representation and demonstrates that Councillor Desmarais and I care about our neighbours.
Good leaders can be spotted by the cooperation and strengths as seen by their constituents. They may not be the loudest but they are effective at problem solving and obtaining consensus.
An effective leader is also honest, straight forward and skilled at influencing others. They are also successful by gaining the trust and friendship of others around them.
In my 19 years on Council, I have honed these skills and have used them to the maximum benefit of those that I have been honoured represent.
While I am prepared to continue my role of providing excellence in leadership on behalf of the citizens of Ward 2 and the entire city, this can only continue when everyone VOTES today – Monday, October 27.
I will carry on with being reliable, dedicated, committed and professional. You can continue to rely on me as your elected representative.
Election 2014 is all about the issues that are important to you. Read more about me and what I will do for you. If you have any questions, there may be an answer in my Frequently Asked Questions. Feel free to contact me with your own comments and questions. Thank you for your continued support.
ELECTION DAY REMINDER: Poll hours today are 10am – 8pm. If you live in Ward 2 and your address is SOUTH of Killally St. E, your polling station is Community Living on McRae Street. For those residing NORTH of Killally St. E, you will vote at the Vale Health and Wellness Centre on Elizabeth St. Please feel free to contact me if you need a ride to your polling station. For further information, see Election 2014.