My campaign platform is based on my own personal experiences and morals with extensive consultation and conversation with community members and allies. My aim is to focus on community, engagement and safety.
Ward 10 is already so fortunate to have a diverse community, we must now embrace it. I want to remove the stigma of the “ghetto” that is foisted upon our neighbourhoods and ensure that we can embrace and uplift each other through our diversity. Supporting the diverse small business community we already have in our neighbourhoods will ensure community stability and will make Ward 10 a destination locally and city-wide.
I believe it is important to expand access and funding to social programs and services for seniors, youth and families while offering more services tailored to the BIPOC, multilingual and other marginalized communities.
I would like to build a strong sense of community by bringing more opportunities for Arts and Culture into the area and revitalize aging community spaces like public libraries and the Village Square Leisure Centre.
We must re-imagine housing solutions for the unhoused and examine land-use bylaws to curb further urban sprawl to expand affordable housing, along with upgrading existing properties.
Perceptions of community safety, whether they are real or perceived, impact on the way people feel and interact in their community. Community safety is not just about injury prevention and crime prevention; it is about building strong, cohesive, vibrant, participatory communities.
Community safety is about feeling safe, whether at home, in the street or at work. It relates to quality of life and being able to pursue and obtain the fullest benefits from your domestic, social and economic lives without fear or hindrance from crime and disorder. Everyone has a part to play in community safety be they a business, resident or visitor, young or old. It is defined as promoting the concept of community based action to inhibit & remedy the causes and consequences of criminal and other related anti-social behaviour. Its purpose is to secure sustainable reductions in crime and the fear of crime in local communities.
Safety through revitalization can be achieved by instituting better lighting, cutting trees back, maintaining and lighting pathways/sidewalks and installing bus shelters at every stop. Continuing road maintenance throughout the year, especially addressing increased snow removal alongside streets is essential for safer and accessible neighbourhood roads.
Covid-19 has exposed cracks within our system in how we handle mental health and addiction, it is of the utmost importance that we work alongside community groups already leading the way in Community-based approaches on mental health and addiction.
The City of Calgary spends almost half a billion dollars on policing. This is unacceptable and irresponsible spending. I suggest a redistribution of funds from the Calgary Police Service into services that foster stronger communities, like investing in more accessible transit, affordable childcare and housing, and education and job training opportunities for young people.
Community engagement is essential to building and improving vibrant communities because it encourages citizens to identify and address local ideas, concerns and opportunities. Community work is all about getting people on board to contribute to positive changes in communities by working together towards and advocating for change.
When community members volunteer, take responsibility for what is happening in their community, have a sense of ownership of their community and invest in their community, conflict decreases and there is increased trust between community members.
It is important to increase awareness of 211 and 311 services for those in need of social assistance and for inquiries on city services and the police non-emergency line for non-life threatening incidents instead of relying so heavily on the Calgary Police Service.
For better individual fitness and overall health, reduce cost to the public health system, increase retail activity and raise property values, reduce emissions and pollution of the environment, and create a safer, more equitable and accessible community for vulnerable populations we must support active modes of transportation.
It’s time for us to take back our Ward and let its culture and values help to improve our lives and show a true reflection of our community.