Now that the election season is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to voice some priorities for the community as we start to grow and prosper. Firstly, Squamish needs and deserves a strong vision and mission statement that defines what we stand for as a community, and what matters most to us as citizens. Specifically, how can we all work together to achieve a stronger more healthy community spirit, which encompasses our needs, and family goals. Part of this means examining our existing operations, services, and facilities, and coming to realize new opportunities for community growth.
Secondly, Squamish needs to embrace diversification while maintaining the essential fabric of life here in the community. This does not mean that we should plan for big changes overnight, but we need to evaluate our options and be open minded when such opportunities arise. The fact is this is a great community with great potential to prosper. It is up to all of us to come up with a consensus plan as to how we can best accommodate this growth and build on our already strong spirit. In particular, job creation and economic diversification are high priorities for our community. Tourism and logging are a big part of this process, but it would be great if we could build an information economy along the way that can help support and enhance the way of life here in Squamish. It is possible and we can make this a reality if we work together.
Finally, Squamish needs to elect a strong municipal government that is capable of taking on these priorities and responsibilities. If I am elected, I expect to work strategically with other members of council to organize and build upon these goals. Importantly, this community needs to establish a fiscal plan that takes into account the needs of our citizens. By promoting a diversified economy, we can achieve our growth potential in a sustainable way with respect to all of these important priorities.
I welcome your thoughts and dialog on this post, and encourage you to both comment below and complete the short election survey. Please know that you can Count On Kevin to listen and deliver a strong voice to council with respect to your opinions.