And now we are in one of my favourite season – one that only comes around every four years – its municipal election time. The lawn signs, the debates, the all-candidates meetings, the newspaper columns, the door knocking and – my favourite – the boon in the number of guests arriving at agency and community events.
I marvel at the candidates. I know that most would say that they are running to make a difference, to be the change they want to see and to promote their corner of community. How wondrous that thousands across the province put their names forward, offer their insights, and make plans and promises. More than that, they open their lives and selves for critique, they all work tirelessly to make themselves known and they go head to head with others knowing that there “can be only one” in the end.
Municipal government is our first line of defence in all of our community initiatives, and often our greatest champions are members of council, investing their time and energy in making the community better. Here’s to our unsung local heroes, all of the candidates and the elected officials once decided this fall. Here’s to them for giving of themselves, of their time and of their vision for a better community. Thank for believing in community and your own abilities enough to put your picture on the lawn.
Get interested, get to know your candidates and do your part – vote for the one of your choice and help design your community council.
This is the stuff of community magic-making.