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REFLECTIONS of a City Councillor.
As we enter a new year, I find myself reflecting on where I have been and where I am today. I have been an activist for more than 30 years involved in the community, especially when it comes to city planning decisions. Often those who enter politics come from an activist perspective and hope to guide and change whatever the current political direction at the legislative level they are seeking. When elected to Council, I had to learn right away to be ambidextrous, that it wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought it might be. I have had to learn how to support concerns from residents while at the same time representing the Corporation of the City of London. I have often used the phrase “wearing two hats”. With over 100 services provided by the City to the public it is Council’s responsibility to determine the direction of the many vital plans and processes that make a city successful.
Others enter politics from the perspective of the business community. These representatives too have valid outlooks that must also be taken into consideration. At all levels of government keeping budgets manageable to be able to deliver the necessary services required by residents, businesses, and institutions in London and across the province and country means elected officials are deciding on difficult choices, choices that have impacts not just in the short-term but long-term affecting future generations.
Still others come from a social perspective, reflecting the needs of our underserved communities, and they bring important views and often lived experience that not all of us have experienced. Striving to work towards a common goal to make life better for all, they work to ensure that everyone has a political voice. I am delighted to see women stepping forward bringing their unique perspective to our decisions and encourage more to take this step.
One of the wonderful things about Canada is our diversity, allowing us to offer so many different skills, perspectives, and ideas, elected or not. It is an honour every day to work alongside colleagues, staff, and experts at the municipal level as well as with my work at the Association of Municipalities of Ontario at the provincial level to guide policy decisions. While we don’t always agree I thank every one of them for being willing to serve their communities and bringing their viewpoints.
It takes motivation to learn, listen, and a good dose of common sense to be open to multiple views to arrive at the best decision I can make. During these times of uncertainty due to the pandemic we have all been faced with new decisions to make, adapting to an ever-changing work landscape while trying to balance our personal lives. These challenges won’t end with the end of the pandemic but will continue as our city continues to grow.
Best wishes for 2022 to all! Please continue to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns at 226-927-0439, e-mail me at email@example.com, or visit my website to get the latest information at www.annahopkins.ca.
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