In the Township of McNab/Braeside, recreation played a significant role in the 2014 Municipal Election. In that election, residents selected a team of Council candidates who immediately started to negotiate a long-term agreement with the Town of Arnprior on recreation and library use. Those agreements, signed in 2015, provide our residents with the ability to use the recreation and cultural facilities that the Town of Arnprior has to offer. The Township also has agreements with the Town of Renfrew.
In this election, I commit that I will stand up for our residents to promote active living and increased recreational opportunities in the Township.
If elected, I will:
In the Township of McNab/Braeside, we have some of the most scenic and breathtaking natural environments. From Red Pine Bay and Braeside Beach to White Lake and Burnstown Beach, our residents have so many opportunities to experience nature and all that it has to offer. However, we can always do better!
If elected, I will work hard alongside the rest of our Council to enact policies that prioritize our municipally-owned green space and facilities. Our policies will seek to realize the full potential of our parks through measures including the following two commitments.
1. Beautifying our municipal facilities
2. Create educational outlets for residents and tourists alike.
Over the last four years, the Township of McNab/Braeside has tackled many issues and challenges with responsible decisions that prioritize the needs of our residents. However, one area where I see the need for continued improvement is in communicating and engaging with our residents about these decisions and the processes behind them. Our residents need to know what is going on and how they can get involved in the democratic process of local government.
That is why I am making a commitment to be transparent and accountable to our residents both throughout this campaign and at the Council table, if elected this fall.
1. Creation of a Community Engagement Strategy
2. Hire a Community Development Officer (CDO)
3. Increasing Our Social Media Presence
Many people have asked me why I chose to run for the position of Councillor with the Township of McNab/Braeside, especially while attending university, and admittedly this is a hard question to answer. There is a multitude of reasons why I have put my name forward and hopefully this editorial will help you better understand my decision.
Firstly, I love where I live. The Township of McNab/Braeside is made up of beautiful rural countryside dotted with quaint villages and populated with friendly, hard-working people. It is a wonderful area to settle and raise a family. Living just outside Braeside since the age of seven, I have spent many a day at Red Pine Bay walking along the Ottawa River or stopping in at many of our community events and festivals.
Secondly, I understand the necessity of local government. Municipalities are the closest level of government to their citizens and this is where my interest lies. I have worked for the Town of Arnprior for several years now and have taken pleasure in listening to residents and helping them with their questions and concerns. This has been one of the most rewarding parts of my work experience thus far. I have also completed several professional development courses in municipal administration, which have given me a solid understanding of the structure and roles of a municipality.
Over the years, I have been told that "you're too young" and that "politicians need more life experience" which, in a roundabout way, makes a little bit of sense. It makes sense that residents want someone who cares about their community and who is knowledgeable about local government; however, age is not the determining factor, especially in my case.
The tipping point for me was during the provincial election where I talked with hundreds of Renfrew County residents who expressed a generally negative outlook towards government, including their local elected representatives. I believe that government exists to do things that individuals cannot do for themselves and to level the playing field for all. Our residents need to know that the Township is working on their behalf and implementing smart, responsible decisions that put their needs first while ensuring that the Township remains sustainable and competitive into the future. But I know that we can always do better because I believe that government can and must be a force for good in people's everyday lives.
As a candidate, I want to offer a fresh, positive, forward-thinking perspective for the residents of McNab/Braeside that centers around your priorities because that's what really matters.
My vision for McNab/Braeside is a strong community where our unique character and distinctive history is preserved and enhanced, while we foster growth and economic development to keep our communities sustainable and competitive into the future. Where we encourage responsible development while keeping close attention to the necessity of environmental stewardship. Where present and future generations can enjoy the immense beauty of our natural environment from the Ottawa River to White Lake and the Burnstown Beach. Where people can raise a family and contribute to the numerous small businesses that call our township home. And where our people can be more involved in the important decisions that affect them and their families. It’s time to bring a fresh forward-thinking perspective to the Township of McNab/Braeside.
Talking with residents is central to my campaign for McNab/Braeside Council because I believe that it is essential to understand the ideas, opportunities and concerns of our constituents. Solid policy and platform discussions can only be effective if they are based on actual needs of those who will be effected by government.
Over the campaign period, I will be releasing different aspects of my platform as I talk to McNab/Braeside residents door-to-door and listen to their concerns and ideas about how we can build a better McNab/Braeside for all of our residents. Hope to see you over the summer on the door step and at community events!
This Blog will be updated with my observations about the 2018 municipal election including platform items as they are developed. To learn more about what I stand for and my vision for McNab/Braeside, click here.