A resident, upon learning that I had filed my nomination papers for re-election this fall, asked me an excellent question: â€œHow have the past four years been?Â Was it what you expected?â€
My first response reflected my approach to any new challenge: â€œI didnâ€™t know what to expect, so I went in with an open mind.â€
That didnâ€™t satisfy her; she pressed me for more details.Â So I told her this:
When I was sworn in as a Councillor in 2010, I had a ton of ideas and ideals.Â I still do.Â I didnâ€™t know what the future held for me personally â€“ I had no way of predicting that my father would suddenly pass away.Â I also had no way of knowing that our family would be completed as we were blessed with a little girl, born mid-way through my term of office.
Despite the challenges I have faced in my personal life, I have remained committed to the role of Councillor.Â I am proud that I have the best attendance record of this term of Council. Â I love making a difference in peopleâ€™s lives.Â I thrive when I am helping to solve problems, and take pride in creating opportunities to build a flourishing community.Â I love that I have a hand in shaping the way our Town will look for generations to come.Â Do I love â€œpoliticsâ€?Â Not really, but every workplace has them. In my workplace, itâ€™s just more obvious.Â My goal has always been to respect differences of opinion, and to work to find consensus.Â This approach has led me to chair some long discussions in the Council Chambers, but that is the beauty of the democratic process, arriving at a decision everyone can support.
In the past four years, we HAVE made a difference.Â We have brought a new level of professionalism and communication to our Town, and with it, doors have opened, partnerships have formed, plans have been made and the foundations of something great have been laid.
So, no, it wasnâ€™t what I expected.Â But I love the job, and have reapplied for it. I want to keep building on the work we started.Â Â Â I just need to speak to those 25,000 E.G. residents I work for about renewing my contractâ€¦