Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community. - Anthony J. D'Angelo
My team and I started knocking on doors a few weeks ago. We were happy to begin meeting Langley Township residents, and so interested to hear what this election means to people within our community. One question that was easy to answer: "Why did you jump into this crazy race?"
The short answer: Because I care.
The long answer goes like this:
About four years ago, I came to a crossroads, to a point where I realized caring about people was not enough to change anything. Words needed to be followed by actions. So, that’s what I did. I began to volunteer, and when that wasn’t enough, I initiated my own projects with the help of local agencies, and my friends and co-workers. A few examples:
- Pop-up events to share compassion and kindness with the homeless community,
- Arts and crafts classes to create connections with the newcomer community,
- A Facebook group to support the teaching tool SOGI 123, and the LGBTQ+ community and their allies in the face of the inhumane voices speaking out against them in the public forum, and
- A Community Dinner to bring neighbours from all these communities together.
What my firsthand experience has taught me is that all individuals matter, each story is different, and we are all connected. It has also taught me that non-profits are equipped to go only so far, and that municipal governments absolutely have the potential to make life better for everyone – if the will exists.
Being a politician was never in my life plan, but helping people has always been a part of my life. Putting people first does not mean ignoring the economy, the environment, or social sustainability. It means creating a balanced framework for development so that each Township resident is considered, respected, and included in the community. Our Township is growing at a tremendous pace. Let’s have a Council that listens to the voices within it.