Some key areas that are important to me.
Community Inclusion Safety Leadership
ਭਾਈਚਾਰਾ । ਸ਼ਮੂਲੀਅਤ । ਸੁਰੱਖਿਆ । ਲੀਡਰਸ਼ਿਪ ।
भाईचारा । समावेश । सुरक्षा । लीडरशिप
برادری - شمولیت - حفاظت - قیادت
DEMOCRACY: I am a concerned citizen, just like you. I strongly believe in a healthy democracy and have been involved in politics in Ward 10 since 2011. I have held positions from secretaryto president, in different electoral riding associations at both provincial and federal levels. I have submitted and passed policies within the current democratic structure for our areas. I ask leaders in our area if they would consider running - youth, women and people of marginalized communities. I was a Samara Canada 2015 Everyday Political Citizen nominee and understand where and why there are gaps of Indigenous inclusion and used that experience to advocate for other communities outside of the Indigenous so that everyone is included.
SAFETY: A lack of safety can mean anything from cat-calling, to traffic lights, signs and signals, car accidents, natural disasters, or just being able to safely walk to a bus stop after a snowfall. While safety means different things to different people, it also means having a child be able to safely ride their bike to pools or libraries, and not struggling with roads, transit and a stroller. I have been part of Community Action Team Walks – CAT Walks, that include bylaw and police officers where volunteers can ask questions and learn in a setting of non-emergency to increase community pride, decrease crime, and to get to know neighbours. I was introduced to concepts of safety and crime prevention through environmental design through organizations like Safegrowth (trademarked) that realize community led initiatives. I attended harm reduction meetings which brought many groups to the table to see where we have commonalities to solve issues in positive, constructive ways. I was able to talk about intergenerational traumas and bring solutions to the table informed by my individual Indigenous perspective. As a community organizer of vigils for Indigenous peoples’ in our area, I see these issues with a broader perspective.
INCLUSION: I believe inclusion is related to safety. I have family that identify as part of the LGBTQ2+ communities. I see the homophobia and transphobia hurt others. I see how the Indian Residential School taught bullying and put many youth today at risk for homelessness and add to the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous people. With poverty reduction, an Indigenous lens is needed to tackle issues of long standing history and I want to implement solutions.
INFRASTRUCTURE: Having been part owner in a geomatics supply business and working in the city, I knew how limited our choices were getting to work. These are infrastructure issues in an established area that could be looked at with community outreach that works for all. I’m uniquely qualified to be in a position of governance as we tackle secondary suite issues. Teamwork will be key.