I first ran for city council in 2006, after hearing from people on my street that they didn’t get good information from the city about decisions that affected them. If they found out at all, it was after the fact when the decision was made and nothing could be done.
“I can do something about that.”
As a professional print and broadcast journalist for over two decades, with clients including CBC radio & television, VisionTV, Toronto Sun, SunNewsNetwork, Ryerson University, Chatelaine, TVO and many more, I thought – “I can do something about that!”
I wasn’t elected that time, but my passion for serving residents grew. In the next few years, I launched A Better Burlington website, putting my communications background to use researching and writing about issues in Burlington, and providing residents an opportunity to comment and see what your neighbours were saying.
A Better Burlington gave birth to Save Our Waterfront, a 2000-member city-wide movement focused on protecting our waterfront for public access and enjoyment. A dedicated group of residents from across the city continue to volunteer their time via the Burlington Waterfront Committee, building on the spirit of Save Our Waterfront and providing a citizen’s voice on waterfront access and protection.
“This isn’t a job; it’s a privilege and public service”
What inspired me to seek public office in the first place – I can do something about that! – continues to propel me forward as the City and Regional Councillor for Ward 2 since 2010. This isn’t a job; it’s a privilege to represent and serve the residents of Burlington. In my time on council, I’ve had the honour to meet and serve with many residents who also believe you “can do something about that” and volunteer your time to make Burlington better.
In these pages, you’ll read about the issues we face as a community, hits and misses from the last term of council, and my commitments for the road ahead.
“A new way to lead”
But you’ll find more – you’ll learn about a new way of governing, with integrity, leadership by example and service. Residents want to work with your elected leaders to build a better city. You want grassroots, not top down, leadership. You want elected officials to walk the talk – a sign of both commitment to the issues and personal integrity. You want leaders who can work with others to achieve shared goals, but are also courageous enough to stand up and speak out on issues they believe in, even if they are in the minority. If it’s the right thing to do, eventually the majority catches up, and the best leaders lead the way there. You want leaders who will put residents first, not our own agendas and entitlements. You want to be treated as a citizen, involved in your community, not just a taxpayer. You want us to lead by serving.
It’s the kind of leader I’m committed to being.
On the issues we face, I continue to believe “I can do something about that” and look forward to four more years of public service, working with you to make Burlington better.