I hope you all had a wonderful April. Although we encountered some colder temperatures near the end of this month, hopefully it will be smooth sailing from here on out and the weather will become much warmer as we embark on May.
This month, I wanted to touch on the types of things that a City Councillor does so that you have an idea of how I and the rest of London’s City Council spend our time. I feel like sometimes there may be a bit of a disconnect. I wonder if you (or I before I started this position) truly know what a City Councillor does. As this is a position that is funded by your tax dollars, I feel it’s important that you know how I spend my time. Of course, a great deal of time is spent preparing for and attending Committee meetings. I’m a member of three Committees: the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, the Civic Works Committee and the Community and Protective Services Committee. Preparing for and attending Council meetings is also a very important part of my job. Preparing for Committee and Council meetings involve a lot of reading (15,000 pages of reports so far) in order to be well informed on the issues discussed and motions voted on. The most important aspect of a Councillor’s job helping constituents with their issues and connecting them with the right resources. For example, a constituent looking to start a small business was successfully connected with the Small Business Centre and qualified for a grant to assist their business! Last but not least, the fun part: attending community events! Attending community events gives me the opportunity to meet and get to know constituents, celebrate important achievements in our community and connect with community members in fun and meaningful ways.
There are a number of exciting things that I’m currently working on that I can’t wait to share with all of you. As briefly discussed in a previous newsletter, I am working on an initiative to get children walking to school. Please stay tuned for a large campaign related to this in the near future! I am also the Chair of a new committee – the Governance Working Group, which is working on streamlining some of our governance practices. Of course, I am always looking for feedback on what else constituents would like me to work on. What do you think I can I do to improve our community and our City as a whole? Please let me know!
I strongly believe in community involvement and participation! I encourage residents who would like to attend a Committee or Council meeting to contact me if they would like to learn about some of the processes. I am looking forward to Ward 10’s next meeting, which will take place on June 27th from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Westmount branch of the London Public Library!
There are two things I would like to draw your attention to this month. First – the London Youth Advisory Council elections. These happen annually in May and are online. I have included information about each candidate below. Voters need to be at least 10 years old. What a great opportunity to start learning about elections and be involved in the democratic process. All residents (even those of us older…) are encouraged to vote online for a youth representative. As a City Councillor, I have been working closely with the youth representative to ensure that the youth voice on issues I deal with as a Councillor is heard.
Again, I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to call, or email me with their questions and concerns. As always, I am happy to hear from you at any time.