Some of you weren't able to make it to the 2011 Anmore All Candidates Meeting last Thursday. It was a big event for Anmore, with over 200 people in attendance and a lot of great questions from residents. Most of the questions were about cooperation on council, moving forward (development, financial planning, infrastructure replacement) and communication to residents.
We had 2 minutes to introduce ourselves and deliver a message on why we are running for council. Here is a copy of my speech:
ALL CANDIDATES MEETING SPEECH (2 minutes)
Good evening, my name is Tracy Green and I am a council candidate for the Village of Anmore. It’s wonderful to be here this evening and to see so many Anmore residents come out and actively participate in our local election.
I have been very involved in the community of Anmore in the 8 years that I have lived here. As a volunteer I have participated on many Village of Anmore committees and with local community groups and believe strongly that this type of participation helps build a healthy, strong and more vibrant community.
I am asking for your support on November 19th so that I can work with residents and council to move forward in a positive and collaborative manner, and make decisions our community can be proud of.
There are several things I would like to accomplish, with your help and input, while on Council.
1) The first is to reaffirm the Village of Anmore’s commitment to community. I would like to see our council working with residents to identify short and long term goals for health, recreation, arts and events and to continue to support local community initiatives.
2) I will continue to support Council’s current work on fiscal management and long term planning. This includes identifying service priorities through public consultation and working on a collective plan that matches the size and character of our semi-rural community. Using open communication to define our community needs, we can develop a responsible budget that achieves our residents’ dual goals of service provision and reasonable tax rates.
3) Over the next year, the Village of Anmore will be updating their Official Community Plan (OCP). This review needs to focus on acquiring extensive community input about the type of developments we want to take place in our community so we can create a plan we as residents are all proud of. I want to work with our residents and village committees to develop specific neighbourhood plans that provide a clear vision for future land use and development, maintains our semi-rural lifestyle, addresses environmental issues, protects our green spaces, and creates parklands.
Anmore needs a strong council representative that will listen to Anmore residents and help to clearly define municipal priorities and goals based on public consultation and ongoing community conversations. My promise is to listen to Anmore residents and bring forward your concerns in a cooperative and responsible manner on council.
I look forward to all of your questions and comments.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. It's great to be out in the community, participating in some of the great events in and around Anmore and speaking to residents about what matters to them!