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Jan20: Seeking volunteers to keep me in the loop on your ‘hood

Always enjoy getting out into the community to meet with residents.
Always enjoy getting out into the community to meet with residents.

Residents are the eyes and ears of your community; you know your neighbours and are often the first to learn of issues or opportunities in your area. I’d like to stay in the loop of activities in each neighbourhood in my Ward. So I’m working on creating a Community Liaison committee and am looking for volunteers.

We’ve identified 15 distinct neighbourhoods in Ward 2  (see map). I’m looking for at least one point person  for each area to serve as a Community Liaison, to assist me in sharing information from my office to the neighbourhood and vice versa. Once or twice a year, I’ll convene a meeting of the Community Liaisons to share issues and learn from each other. The idea is that this group would replace the less formal Citizens Advisory Committee from the previous term of council.

I will be gathering all interested Community Liaisons together  to share more information about the role and ask for your ideas. The meeting has been scheduled on:

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Salvation Army, 2090 Prospect St.

As this is a new initiative, I’d like input and ideas from the volunteers involved.

Are you interested in being a Community Liaison? Contact my assistant, Georgie.Gartside@burlington.ca, and plan to attend on Jan. 20. Thanks to the folks who have already expressed interest in serving as Community Liaisons. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you all on Jan. 20.

Ward 2 Communities

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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