I've been a resident of the Tri-Cities for 18 years. I worked in healthcare for 22 years, largely in Coquitlam, and I’ve served on city council in Port Moody from 2011 to 2022.
Not that long ago, I worked in both healthcare (for 22 years) and on city council concurrently. And while the job descriptions may differ from one role to other, the heart and soul of the work is the same: caring for people. Also, I'm a mother and recent grandmother, business owner, artist and writer.
Serving on city council has been one of the greatest honours of my life, but it is not an easy job and it comes with great responsibility. There are many complexities, and each one must be managed carefully and thoughtfully. Council must rise to the challenge of tackling matters that impact our daily lives, while planning for the future.
The strength of our city's policies determine our community's livability and sustainability. Understanding the responsibility and complexity of local government, and having the political courage to implement change, are the ingredients required to make strides toward complete neighborhoods, accessible and sustainable mobility, a diverse and resilient local economy, vibrant public spaces, and increased affordability. It also needs to be said that the decisions Council makes today, impact the ability of future generations, and a biodiverse ecosystem, to both survive and thrive.
Elected leaders need to think and do differently if we are to tackle the challenges ahead. And, we need to work together if we are to make courageous new policies, and bridge the gaps between levels of government. And, we must to do it with the same sense of urgency that we brought to dealing with the pandemic.
Reason for running
I've compiled a series of idea sets that I've been thinking about for a while. Ideas to help ring young people into our civic processes in tangible and meaningful ways. I hope you will explore the Case Studies, Collab Lab, and Bridging System Gaps shared on my https://www.courageousideas.ca/ page to learn more about my ideas.
And one more thing! My message is different from that of most other politicians, with a focus on love:
Love for one another, for our community, and the earth we live on. Love for the First Peoples that came before us, and for the generations still to come.
Love unites us, it never ever divides us. It gives us the strength and courage to make a difference.
Please also visit my full campaign website to discover more: https://www.zoeforcouncil.ca/