neighbours working together for a stronger community
Once we're really communicating, we have to do much better at planning and working together to build a strong and resilient community.
I'm committed to working collaboratively toward solutions -- with citizens, community groups, neighbouring governments, First Nations and senior levels of government.
Democracy can and should be a collaboration. It should not feel like a tug of war, but more like building a house or planting a garden.
- To continue to work to improve relations between Council and First Nations. Several joint meetings took place during my first term and this past term continued with meetings, meals and tours of 1st Nations reserves as well as many Village workshops, that give non-indigenous peoples a small experience of colonization.
- To deepen the relationship between Council and the City of Duncan as we meet quarterly to consult and share plans.
- Actively work to improve relations between Council and citizens. My commitment is to share the facts honestly through any blogs I write or conversations I have with citizens.
- To continue to explore shared use of public infrastructure; for instance, using schools as local community centers in the evenings and on weekends.
- Pressure senior levels of government to tie grants to local priorities and to share new sources of revenue with local government.
- Proactive collaboration between Council and citizens, non profit groups, First Nations, and government agencies such as: VIRL, VIHA, SD 79, CVRD, City of Duncan and Ladysmith, as well as Province of BC and Federal Government.