Wednesday, 12 October 2011

On helping with creative solutions

Visited Baisinger Dr. yesterday, the community was reflecting on the Provincial election and were really good to talk to about the civic side of things.   Getting a lot of questions about how I came to the decision to run.

The answer comes back to the desire to serve the community.   A councillor's first responsibility is to help his community with their issues; connect them to resources and help them solve problems creatively.   Something I've been doing for years now, in education through nine years with the Louis Riel School Board and before that with various community groups.

I like to reflect on a fund raiser I designed and proposed to Jocelyn House Inc., our local hospice.  A few years ago I approached them with the idea of an event that combined wall climbing with fund raising.

We reached out to Vertical Adventures and  St. Vital Centre and had a wall climb day at centre court.  We called it the "Live out Loud" wall climb. The really neat thing about the event was how it brought diverse groups together in support of palliative care.  A lot of fun for everyone and over the course of several years raised over $50,000 for Jocelyn House and really raised their profile in the community. 

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