I acknowledge that we are living on the lands of the Blackfoot people of the Canadian Plains, as well as home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III, and wish to pay respect to the Blackfoot people past, present and future while recognizing and respecting their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land.
The role of a city councillor is to be a conduit between the public and policy. I want to ensure everyone who calls Lethbridge home has the opportunity to have their voice heard. I want us to celebrate the diversity we have in Lethbridge and allow everybody, regardless of where they’ve come from, to have a brilliant future. After all, Lethbridge’s city motto is gateway to opportunity.
Accessibility for Everyone
There should be no barriers to accessing the services you need. People, young and old, or with visible and invisible disabilities alike may have barriers that prevent them from accessing the services they need. I want to elevate people who may experience difficulties so they are able to have equal opportunities in their day to day lives.
Leveraging Public Resources for Social & Economic Gain
This past year has been devastating for many people and businesses, and this is the time for your government to step up to attract resources such as grants for businesses, mental health resources, and job security for all the city’s employees. The organizations that have continued to support our community through the challenges we have faced deserve our gratitude and support. It will be my priority to ensure these organizations are properly funded.
We have great opportunities to partner with the University and College here to develop the talented individuals that chooses Lethbridge for their education. This could include helping students make connections to local businesses by advertising the current programs the Dhillon School of Business offers or finding grants for students to go into a career in green technology such as the windmill turbine technician program at the Lethbridge College. We should be tapping into our university and college as a resource for information, research, and collaboration.
I believe now is the time to increase resources for our vulnerable populations, such as our houseless or people suffering addictions. I believe a priority for the city should be low cost housing on a sliding scale based on income because everyone deserves to have safety, security, and a home to go to at the end of the night.
I propose using non-monoculture lawns in our parks and using native plants as décor, highlighting the diversity of plant species that Southern Alberta has to offer while cutting down on our water consumption. Water resources are non-renewable and to ensure the Oldman River is clean and healthy for generations to come, we can do better when it comes to usage of water. I want to ensure that the land we live on is preserved.
At the end of the day my promise to you is to listen to what the you, the public, are saying, learn by researching each topic carefully, and adapt to make the best decisions possible for this beautiful city we call home.