I’m very fortunate to represent a very engaged part of the city. We have one of the oldest and most active community associations in the city, we have great turnout to public meetings, and we have strong voting rates in municipal elections. I’d like to thank those of you who have taken the time to get involved, and for those who have not yet had the opportunity, I’d like to invite you to try one of the many ways you can be engaged in how our city runs.
- Stay up to date on what’s happening in the neighbourhood. We have a very vibrant community with lots of activity and events happening throughout the year. Since we live in an older section of the city, we are often upgrading our roads, sewers and community facilities. You can find information about these events and projects at the Old South Community Organization (OSCO’s) website ‘www.oscolondon.ca’, at the City’s website ‘www.london.ca’, as well as through social and traditional media.
- Join a committee. Whether it’s the parent-teacher association, the neighbourhood association, or one of the City’s numerous citizen advisory committees, these can be great opportunities to volunteer and enhance the quality of life in our little corner of the world.
- Attend public information sessions. The City hosts numerous public meetings throughout the year to inform and get feedback from residents about upcoming projects. I also hold ward meetings so that I can have the chance hear from you directly about your opinions on the issues of the day. For those who are really keen, city council and council standing committee meetings are open to the public and are posted on the City’s website. In fact, all council and committee meetings are both live-streamed and recorded so they can be accessed online at any time, as well.
- Write or call your elected representatives. If there’s an issue that you’d like to weigh in on, let us know. I know that our Member of Parliament Kate Young, our Member of Provincial Parliament Peggy Sattler, and I are all very interested in hearing from you on the issues that are important to you. It’s incredibly helpful for us to know where you stand so that we can provide you with the best representation.
While these are just some of the ways to get involved in our community, they each can have a lot of impact in shaping the future of our city. I’m honoured to represent Ward 11 because of your strong civic pride. It’s inspiring to see so many working to continuously make our community better and I can’t wait to see what we all do next!