Such a privilege to live in North Cowichan - one I never take for granted. Many people would love to live here, many have loved living here and had to leave in order to support themselves and their families.
It seems strange thinking about running in an election after so many years. People have become much more cynical in the last couple of decades. They don't seem to think government can make a difference in their lives.
I think government can and does make a difference in our lives, for better or for worse. On election day, casting our ballot is a way of saying, I choose you.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if more citizens tapped into their idealism? Took an interest in who's running locally, for Council, for School Trustee. Read their platforms. Thought about the issues. Learned who would best represent what they value. What they care about.
I'd love to see more youth get engaged in the political process. What better place to do it than locally, where they live, study, work and play. The local level is the place we can best make our values known, because our local government representatives are making decisions as a group, right here where we live.
I've shared my values with you here, on this campaign website. The thoughts I have about how to make them real. I'd really love to hear from you. What are your values? What do you want to see change in North Cowichan?
Let's get the conversation rolling.
As Margaret Mead so succinctly put it: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever does”
I'm eager to join with you and make it happen. If you like what you read feel free to pass it on to your friends and neighbours.