2022 Post-Election Statement
Thank you, North Vancouver City residents, for having the confidence in my abilities to continue to serve you as one of your City Councillors. I am humbled by the support I received, and I am committed to serving all residents of this City to the best of my ability.
Our City is a vibrant, culturally-diverse community with a thriving local economy and shared prosperity in arts, culture and recreation, numerous green spaces and a well-loved library, with a clear vision towards more active and sustainable living.
While we faced unforeseen challenges during the pandemic, I believe our community has strengthened its resolve and resiliency with new opportunities for change that will help us manage the current impacts of inflation and increased cost of living.
Community begins with people and the small conversations we have about big issues. We need to take time to genuinely listen and care for one another. I am pleased with the progress Council made during the last term – increasing child-care spaces and affordable housing units, expanding mobility options, supporting small businesses, and working towards a climate and environment strategy in response to the climate crisis.
There is much work yet to be done to continue building upon these successes:
- Advocating higher levels of government to invest in affordable housing solutions for seniors, young professionals and those who provide many essential services within our community to ensure our workforce can afford to live here.
- Encouraging TransLink and senior levels of government to expedite transportation improvement initiatives on and off the North Shore to help reduce traffic congestion.
- Supporting families by ensuring there are sufficient infant-to-school age childcare programs, as well as after-school care programming by leveraging available provincial government funding.
- Ensuring climate and environment strategy is approved and in place to prioritize actionable items to build the City’s climate resiliency and reduce its carbon footprint.
- Supporting local business by reducing barriers to business growth; expanding the new Central-Lonsdale Business Improvement Association (BIA); further exploring the development of employment and tourism opportunities and hubs (i.e. High-Tech Hub, Healthcare Hub, Lower Lonsdale Cultural Precinct); and continuing to support the good works of our NS Chamber of Commerce and Shipyards BIA.
In all that we do, it is essential we remain committed to Truth and Reconciliation by continuing to work collaboratively with Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation governments to meet our shared priorities.
My commitment to you is to find creative solutions that are in the best interest of our City and build a community that respects diversity, values inclusivity, and ensures all feel welcome and heard. As your elected official, I am here to listen and just a phone call away.