“Renee is running for a seat she resigned from?!”

Yes. Yes I am.

That very question was posted on a friend’s Facebook post and this blog answers what I’m sure a lot of other people are thinking, too. I had planned to post this blog a week ago before I’d saw the question and just hadn’t yet. Today is the day.

Vote for Renee.
Vote Renee. For transparency. For accountability.

So here you go…

I’ve been nominated for a seat on Council for the remainder of this term ending in August 2018. This comes as a result of resigning from the same term.

I know what you are thinking, “Why is she running when she resigned?” It’s been a year since I resigned and I’ve had time to reset and refocus, and more importantly, focus on my health. I’m confident that I can contribute in a meaningful way as I believe I’ve always done. I’m not here to try sway your vote or seek sympathy. I believe that voters already know who they’re voting for at the close of any nominations, so you’re either going to vote for me or you’re not. It’ll be the way the majority wants it to be. I will be ok either way but remember, it is YOU – the community – who elects Council.

I contribute to the community regardless of whether I’m on Council or not. I don’t require a seat on Council to do that. I speak up when I want action and I speak up against things I feel are wrong but more than that, I have hope and a deep love for our community and our people. The only difference is that on Council, elected members have more of a position to invoke change but only if they see the need for change on a broader scale, not just at that table. There are so many things left undone by the many leaders who have come and gone because there is never enough time. A two-year term certainly limits how much a group of people can do so I won’t promise you anything. My time is limited.

“I speak up when I want action and I speak up against things I feel are wrong but more than that, I have hope and a deep love for our community and our people.”

What I can promise you, though, is to always speak up for the people – our community – and to seek answers and be available for you. That’s a given and that will not change, on or off Council. I firmly believe that transparency and accountability for everyone is key, especially Council and senior management. Council has to remember they work FOR the people. The people are the real leaders, it’s not the other way around. When you vote, remember that. YOU are the boss, YOU are the leaders and the membership should ALWAYS come first. They most definitely should have a voice when it comes to the direction our Nation is going.

So there you have it, my “why I’m running” talk. I’m running because I want to give the community a voice. If you disagree with my choice to let my name stand that’s ok. I know I won’t fit everyone’s ideal Councillor mold but I’m me and if you really know me, you know I’m not blowing smoke up your ass. Like in my first term, I will continue to be the voice you elected, and speak up for the people so no matter the outcome, I will always be here to help, support and encourage positive change for our community. No one needs a seat on Council to contribute in a good way that benefits all. You either are part of the solution or part of the problem.

Power to the people; the way it should always be.

Before I go, I want to personally thank Kendra and Monica McMillan for their vote of confidence in my ability to lead our Nation and for their nomination. I proudly accept this nomination for a seat on Council and look forward to being a voice at the council table for YOU – our community.

Renee

“No needs a seat on Council to contribute in a good way that benefits all.”

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Jello Legs + Sweat = Radiance

Hello, World, and all its beautiful inhabitants. I’m back. Same idea, different location.

Last week, I made a list of 100 goals. One of my goals was to revive my blog. I want to…Write. Shit. Down. Lay my thoughts out in text. Here. In this blog about my life and shit.

So, here I am. Maybe you’re here, too. Maybe people read this, maybe they don’t but even if they don’t, I am writing and that was my goal! Whoooo! I have stuff to offer in my head and heart and I am excited for what is to come so I’m going to keep writing and writing some more. You’ll read it eventually. Wink!

It’s been one week today, since I participated rather reluctantly, in Transformation Weekend with Erin Skye Kelly at Infinite Strength Wellness Fitness Centre and well, I feel I have been transformed like some kind of butterfly or something. It’s actually pretty amazing. Not even shittin’ ya.

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I tried to talk myself out not going because it was a Saturday and I like to do nothing on Saturday – it’s one of my days off and all. Plus, I don’t have a social life and I really like just chilling around the house and staying in PJs. Hey! There’s nothing wrong with that!

I texted the owner, Toni, who is also a friend from her NLC Recruiter days and tried to get her to tell me something that would be the deal breaker for me.

“Is there going to be tables and chairs?” I texted. “I don’t want to be sitting on yoga mats and shit all day, ” dreading it already. Not that I have anything against yoga or mats, I just really tried to talk myself out of not going. All the while bitching out my cousin, Crystal, because she was feeling the same. I can jam out but she can’t I rationalized. I talked her in to registering, after all. Eye roll.

“Tables and chairs,” Toni texted back, “Trust. Come, it’ll be good.”

That was it. I went. I couldn’t jam on Toni when she’s been there with me through a lot of ups and downs and I wanted to support her doing this for Fort Nelson. Like, I was doing her some sort of favour, right? Eye roll. I had to tell myself what the hell ever I could to make myself go. That was it and I went. Have to support the friends!

I am so fucking happy and have never felt this alive.

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Saturday came and I got my socks knocked off. I felt like I’ve not felt in a long, long time – ALIVE! Focused and clear. I don’t want to talk too much about Transformation Weekend because it will be different for everyone and I don’t want to ruin the excitement for you. I will say, though, I’m beyond grateful for the spark it lit within me. I feel revived.

Remember the 100 goals I mentioned? Well, one of them was to lose weight and today I started my gym sessions with Toni! Yayyy! I turned 42 and have been telling myself for some time (since I turned 40) that I didn’t want to feel this way anymore and finally, it’s time. Enough talking, more doing. Action, baby! We need action! So I showed up today ready to get sweaty and that’s exactly what happened. I felt like I had accomplished so much in just 40 minutes. I feel alive – still! And, that is super.

I would never have imagined I’d feel this great in just one week all because I took time out of my weekend and took care of ME! I’m worth it.

Jello legs + sweat = radiance. I am beaming inside AND out and that is what life is all about. This place of peace.

Fearless.

Excited.

Strong.

I am so fucking happy and have never felt this alive. 42 is going to be the best one yet!

R

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