In any term of Council, every councillor faces their share of frustrations and achievements. When we look back on those four years, we each face a decision about whether we want to continue.
When I’m asked why I’m running again, I sometimes share my hope to achieve a more inclusive, equitable city, more thoughtful planning, safer streets, and continued improvements to engaging the community.
The real decision to run gets made, though, when we ask ourselves “did I make a difference?”
When I was elected, the field house at Van Lang was a concrete pad and didn’t have the budget to complete. I approached several colleagues early in the term to borrow from their parks funds, and they trusted me to make good on a timely re-payment (since delivered). Working closely with the community, who drove the project, and our partners, the field house finally opened its doors earlier this term.
The field house at Van Lang is programmed and run by an innovative partnership, and we’ve been learning as we go how to work together with generosity, patience, and with our goal of inclusivity and community development always at the forefront. I’ve done everything in my power to facilitate that.
When I watch this video from last night’s grassroots-organized dance at the field house, I can trace its origins in actions and approaches I’ve taken, always working with others, that made it possible.
When I examine this term of Council and ask myself, “did I make a difference”, the answer I think is “yes”. And that’s why I’m running again.
Enjoy some awesome dancing, Kitchissippi.