I did not come to the decision easily to seek a return to Nanaimo City Council. I feel that I have something left to offer Nanaimo as we rebuild and continue to grow.
In April, 2017 I resigned from City Council triggering the July 8, 2017 Byelection.
I want to address this up front.
The circumstances surrounding my resignation were shocking to me and made it impossible to continue at the council table and effectively do what I was elected to do. I am not going to lay blame, name names or point
fingers. I take full responsibility for my own actions. This experience taught me a lot about others, but more importantly, it has taught me a great deal about myself; my values, my strengths and, yes, my weaknesses.
They say that
what doesn’t break you makes you stronger. This definitely resonates with me personally and it's why I'm running again.
Over the past months prospective candidates have sought my advice. It made me realize how much I was able to learn
from our skilled city staff and other experts in various fields in the first two years of my council term. I will never look at my city in the same way again, and it has deepened my commitment to be a part of the solution moving forward.
I still have a great deal to offer at the council table and would be both grateful and honoured to be a part of a new council that operates at a completely different level and is able to create a vibrant and healthy community.
Being on council
is not for the faint of heart. We need an informed public and we need a council that deserves our trust. I’ll talk more about that under my vision.
I believe Nanaimo has never had a better opportunity than
the 2018 municipal election to reset and move forward.
I strongly urge those who plan to vote to do their homework. We want individuals on our next council who can grasp the bigger picture
and who bring integrity, strong values, skill, evidence based decision making, and an ability to work as a team. Those qualities are essential in order to make the tough decisions. That's the work of council. To do that effectively we need an informed
public who have trust in their elected officials. That trust must be earned.
I thank everyone who has emailed, texted, messaged, or come up to me on the street over the past two years to wish me well
and to offer the most amazing support. I could not be more humbled by it. It has made me feel so proud and so grateful to be a part of this community.
Thank you everyone! Now let’s do it right!