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