I believe we need to elect a regional council that is more reflective of the community it serves. Here’s why this is important:
1. Ensuring diversity of experiences on our council table guarantees richer conversations and better solutions. The more experiences from which to draw, the more likely a creative solution will emerge.
2. Diversity drives innovation; creating a stimulating and unconventional environment sparks new ideas and processes.
3. A council that looks like the community it serves is better at engaging the entire community.
I believe in equal representation. Female councillors make up 37.5 per cent of our current regional council. Only a third of the candidates for regional council in Kitchener are women (including myself). That’s why I am running.
I believe I belong to a community where diversity is valued, celebrated, supported and encouraged. Our region is one of the most racially and culturally diverse regions in Ontario, and in Canada. However, our current regional council is completely missing out on the wealth of racial and cultural diversity that our community is rightly so proud of. That’s why I am running.
I am passionate about the challenges facing our community and the opportunities that arise when we work together to address these challenges. I am running because, like you, I want:
· a vibrant, diversified and innovative economy;
· housing that is accessible and affordable for all income levels;
· a public transit system that can keep vehicles off the roads;
· a community where everyone feels welcomed and belonged, and
· decision-making that is fiscally responsible, socially compassionate, and environmentally sustainable.
That’s why I’m running. I humbly ask for your vote on October 22.
Your candidate for regional council
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