I believe that when communities can govern by consensus, everyone benefits. The decisions that are made in and by government affect all of us, whether we live in the rural or the urban area. The beneficial use of land is just as important to the citizen of each area.
The need by people for medical service, for example, doesn’t stop at the boundaries of the city. The need for food production is essential to both areas. Similarly, the rural area benefits from the development of industry and business.
Accurate and timely information is equally important to all if beneficial and practical decisions are to be made. The use of that information must be focused on tolerance, respect for the opinions of others, practical consideration for all who are affected, and, most importantly, a firm understanding that decisions will be reached with reasonable speed.
If we are to progress toward the goal of having a sustainable lifestyle in this area in which it is our privilege to live, we must work together, be prepared to share our thoughts and ideas in a supportive atmosphere, and be open to discussion and debate. I believe as a community, wildfire protection, water quality and its use are important issues.
We should see investment in our fire departments, transit services and local recreation. A lot of money is being proposed for the RDCK Resource Recovery plan. How is this going to be implemented and what is its effect on our area? It would be good to see the electronic social media program promoted by the RDCK become a success from our residents’ participation. These are some of the many issues which are going to affect us and help us.
I respectfully request your support to become your Regional Director, and if I am successful, your help in making fair and effective decisions.