Here We Go!

It’s hard to believe that four years have slipped by since the last election! So much has changed in my life, in our city, in our country and in the world! Yet, as the saying goes, the more things change the more they stay the same. The last term was productive in many ways.  We implemented city-wide recycling, opened the Off-Leash Dog Park, completed the construction of the CPR Dam, started the long over-due Cast Iron Water Main replacement, saw the completion of some critical repairs to the 9th Aveneu bridge, we’ve welcomed Rona and Montana’s to our city and we have seen more pavement rehabilitated and replaced than ever! With successes also come short-comings and there are always disappointments and projects that did not come to fruition. Which means there is more work to do. The last council was not as cohesive as it could have or should have been, and I am committed to working at finding a way to build that into our next council.

The referendum will decide if there will be a new funding model for the Cast Iron project. If that is the case the new council will have some hard decisions to make out of the gate and it would be my hope that a new funding model could be agreed on unanimously. But that will take a strong will from all elected officials to compromise and collaborate – and that includes me.

I love this city and am so proud to be a Moose Javian! Thank you for the privilege of serving you these last seven years and I ask for your support once again on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Campaign Finances

Following suit with other candidates from last months Election please find below a general statement regarding the finances of my campaign.

Expenses:
Printed Material: $840.99
Other advertising: $257.50
Signs: $400.00
PR Management: $500.00
Total: $1948.49

Contributions:
Family & Friends: $620.00
MJ Firefighters: $500.00
Total: $1120.00

The total cost for my 2009 campaign was very similar to that of 2012.

Thank You!

Thank you – two simple words that can’t begin to express how grateful and overwhelmed I am by the support the people of Moose Jaw showed to me during yesterdays Civic Election. Your support and encouragement has blessed me beyond words. Everywhere I have gone in the past couple of months you have encouraged me and I thank you! It is my goal to continue to serve you diligently and to be worthy of the honor you have given me by re-electing me with such a strong show of support.
May God bless you!

Link to YouTube Election Video

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I Believe

This past winter I was in what some might call “a slump”. And then we were at the Kinsmen Sports dinner where TSN’s Rod Black spoke and he re-inspired me…you might say it was my TSN turning point. Hence tonight’s speech…

I believe…when neighbors look out for each other, we will build neighborhoods not just sub-divisions. And I believe when we actively live in our neighborhoods we can then begin knitting them together and create a community that is safe, healthy and welcoming for everyone. Communities are not made up of buildings and structures…but by people and relationships

I believe that in Moose Jaw we do need to rebuild streets and sidewalks, AFTER we are sure that the infrastructure beneath them are upgraded to current standards and not on the verge of failing soon after new surfaces have been constructed.

I believe in respecting our environment by recycling, protecting our urban forest, planning for a land fill expansion that is a 21st century “land fill” not just a “dump”, and I believe that if we each picked up just 3 pieces of litter every time we were out Moose Jaw would be virtually litter free and our civic pride would begin to soar!

I believe that to get to where you want to go you need a map, also known as a plan. I believe that a great plan is actually the convergence of many other plans. Economic Development plans, Strategic Plans, sub-division plans, new hospital plans, Infrastructure Renewal plans…I believe they need each other to be complete. I believe that planning may not always lead to the initially imagined outcomes, but that not planning always leads to reactionary, counterproductive, expensive band-aid solutions that can hurt and do hinder progress. I believe constructive planning leads to innovative, potent and potentially powerful results.

I believe in team work, and that true team work only comes when mutual respect is the underlying principle. I do not believe that respect means everyone agrees all the time. I do believe however that respect allows opposing points of view to be expressed without fear of ridicule or judgment. Respect is the universal tool for growth and progress.

I believe in Moose Jaw’s long standing system of Reserves that in part enable us to help fund our Capital budget every year. And I know that as our forefathers made bold decisions to put such reserves in place, we now must make bold decisions to ensure a strong future for the generations to come. We will not just be the City Council of today…we are the forefathers of tomorrow.

And I believe in the Saskatchewan Roughrider’s and the Moose Jaw Warriors!

Moose Jaw…I believe in you… and when you believe in me again on October 24th I will continue to help build the future of the city we all believe in and that we all call “home”.

Advance Polls & Voter I.D. Information

There is still time to vote at the Advance Polls at City Hall if you need/want to. The times are:

Thursday, October 18, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday, October 19, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

And remember your voter ID which is one government issued identification that includes your photo, name and address. (Easiest is your driver’s license.) Or you can supply two pieces of ID which include your name and at least one that confirms your address.

And why not take a friend with you when you go to vote? Encouraging your friends and family to vote may increase voter turn out and raise City awareness. In 2009 Moose Jaw’s voter turn out was under 39% – let’s do better in 2012!

Voting is your right and your privelege.

 

 

This just in…

It’s hard to believe that 3 years have passed so quickly since the last election! It has been 3 years of learning, and decision-making, planning and doing. It has been 36 of the most interesting and exciting months of my life!

People have tentatively asked me dozens of times over these past 3 years the inevitable question: “So how do you like being on Council?”
It seems they’ve often expected a negative response because when my answer has been “I love it!” they say “REALLY?”
Which is exactly what I think when people tell me they would never want to be on Council – because I’ve loved it so much I think everyone wants to do it! Apparently not!!

Serving as a City Councillor has been a privilege and a blessing for me – the good, the bad and the ugly! It has caused me to stretch myself in ways of learning and thinking, communicating and interacting. But the biggest rewards, for me, have been getting to know you, the people of our city and helping shape the future of Moose Jaw in ways that are oftentimes envisioned first by you.

This Council has been able to finalize and put in place Moose Jaws first ever Official Community Plan, Strategic Plan and the Economic Development Commissions Strategic Plan – these are all documents that are not carved in stone but that do, and will continue to, give direction and focus to the Friendly City’s future and growth. I am pleased to have been a part of those processes.

City Council does not get to claim credit for the new hospital project, but this Council can be proud of the fact that we worked thoughtfully with our Administration and with Five Hills Health Region on the site selection and approved what I believe to be the best site possible for this major new Facility!

In the arena of Economic Development I have been part of a Council that has made decisions that helped ensure the successful re-opening of the Pork Plant. I was also part of the majority that agreed to a Request for Proposal format for the sale of the Civic Centre property which has proven to be very beneficial for our City. As the Vice Chair of the Economic Development Commission I am happy to say that we approved a pilot project in Grayson Business Park that has seen the sale of 9 Commercial properties in the last few months!

It has been my good fortune to have had Mayor Hagel as a mentor, leader and friend. This term was as successful as it was in large part because of his strong leadership skills, experience and personality. The provinces loss in 2008 was absolutely Moose Jaw’s gain in 2009. I am sad to see Mayor Hagel vacate the Mayor’s office but wish him all the best in his retirement!

All that being said….What is my decision you ask?

As much as I have enjoyed being on Council, deciding whether or not to run again was not a decision I considered lightly. Over these past few months my very supportive husband, family and close friends have helped me come to the conclusion that was perhaps obvious to everyone except me – I am not done yet!

Therefore, when I am elected as a member of the next City Council this October I will continue to support strategic planning, critical thinking and decisive action. I am very aware of the poor condition of many of our streets, roads and sidewalks and other less obvious infrastructure and support our Engineering Departments proposed “Neighborhood Renewal” Plan. It took a hundred years for Moose Jaw to get this old and so it will take some time and an orchestrated effort to revitalize our infrastructure but I am committed to being a part of the solution to those problems.

I am also dedicated to supporting and advancing Economic Development in Moose Jaw. And above all else I commit to continuing to be available to you in person, on the phone or by email, as well as at your community events whenever possible. The things that are important to you are important to me.

Moose Jaw is on the grow – this is our time – and I look forward to helping build our future on the strong and storied foundation of our past.

So, after all that, it is evident! I am a politician after all – proof being – it has taken me many pages of notes to say:
“Let the race begin! I will be running for my 2nd term as Moose Jaw City Council and I ask for your support on October 24th!”

Thank you all for your continued support and encouragement – it means more to me than you will ever know.

God bless you and have a wonderful day!!