I am dedicated to working with and continuing supporting current Arnprior Pride community initiatives. Ensuring that those in the LGBTQ+ community are respected and heard as key members of our community. I am open to any recommendation from the Inclusivity and Diversity Advisory Committee on any expansion of initiatives. I am committed to listening and learning from those of all different perspectives and backgrounds in our community.
Arnprior Pride is a really important community initiative that has done great work in building bridges to parts of the community that have often not been heard.
There are plenty of areas that council can have a more active role in facilitating a collaborative relation with Arnprior Pride. Municipal grant funding proposals can always be part of the conversation with initiatives going forward. In kind donated services from the town are also an area where that conversation can continue in the future, for example waiving community hall rentals or park fees for fundraising drives. Partnerships with the recreation department are also areas that can broaden that inclusive environment throughout our town and build a better working relationship with the Pride community.
I am a big believer that we are all a part of team Arnprior. Regardless of background or perspective, as members of this community we all need to stand together in order to make this community safe and inclusive for all members of the community. Creating that safe and inclusive environment starts with listening to the differing perspectives and experiences of those on the Inclusivity and Diversity Advisory Committee especially in planning policy. There are areas in which we as community leaders and staff at town hall can learn from these differing perspectives through training for example. It all comes back to that feeling of community, that everyone in Arnprior is respected and most importantly listened to going forward. That we all, no matter your background, are on team Arnprior and when you succeed we all succeed.