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!!