Stacey, why are you running for Township of Langley Council in the October 2018 local election?
Quite simply, the decision was made as a result of many conversations I've had over the past five years. For example:
- Conversations with two friends, both of whom could not find a home to rent within the Township.
- Conversations with neighbours experiencing homelessness who wondered when the Township and City councils were going to make affordable housing supports a priority.
- Conversations with Willoughby residents who wondered when infrastructure development would catch up with development or why did enriching developers become a priority over creating safe, liveable communities?
As a progressive 42 year old, mother of two school aged children, I do not feel incredibly represented by the government in the Township. When this happens, one can continue to feel frustrated or one can decide to take action and in doing so, become a representative for all those living in the Township that feel the same way. Politicians, and the government of which they're a part should represent the diverse community they serve. I believe we can do better and it is time to try.
No, I am not an experienced politician, however, for the past several years I have spent much of my spare time devoted to making a positive impact in my community by:
- Organizing events to bring compassion and supports to homeless neighbours.
- Collecting donated art supplies and teaching "Learning English through Arts & Crafts" classes to the immigrant and refugee community.
- Advocating for safe, inclusive schools for LGBT youth and their families.
You cannot get much more political than poverty and human rights.
Putting my name forward is not about playing the game of politics, it is about representing those in the Township of Langley that feel their voice is not being heard by Council. It is about being a part of a Team that should always put people first and consider the long-term implications of each and every decision.
I believe it is time for a more progressive voice on the Township of Langley Council, a voice that puts the people that live in the Township first and is focused on making this community the best it can be for all who live here. I believe a healthy economy and a healthy community are not mutually exclusive. Business is what we do, let's not lose focus on why we do it:
- To build liveable neighbourhoods for ourselves and our children.
- To create a community where everyone feels at home (renters, homeowners, seniors, youth and those new to our Country, etc.).
- To have a municipal government that is open and ethical, and encourages public participation and engagement.
- To respect and preserve our agricultural lands and become a leader in environmental stewardship, for our ourselves and more importantly for our future generations.