Last week, I participated in an all-candidates forum, hosted by the Greater Hardisty Community Sustainability Coalition at Fulton Place Community League. This was my first real forum and I had a fantastic time. If you missed the forum, you can watch a recording of it below.
I was grateful for the opportunity to speak about the importance of revitalizing mature neighbourhoods in Ward Métis and making sure affordable housing options are available for young families, seniors, and everyone in-between. Importantly, I also pointed to the policy levers and mechanisms that the incoming council will need to push on to achieve greater housing affordability.
I shared my passion for sustainability and climate action, as well as my commitment to champion the development of more permanent supportive housing across our city as we work towards ending homelessness.
I reiterated that my approach to getting things done at City Hall centres on collaboration, coalition building and communication, and expanded on my diverse experience at the municipal level.
My favourite part of the event was speaking with residents after the forum and door knocking in the area in the days afterwards. Your passion for the future of our city keeps me going, and I'm happy to have had the opportunity to share my enthusiasm and plans for how we can enhance our communities and achieve results on our shared goals. It's a lot of work to host such a fantastic forum. I want to extend my gratitude and appreciation to the organizers at the Greater Hardisty Community Sustainability Coalition who adapted and moved the event outside in light of rising covid-19 case numbers.
Written by: Ashley Salvador