Aly thank you for your email. In general I have always given consideration to all requests that have come to Council. I will continue to do so for any community group and in that process will listen to all opinions as they relate to the topic to be addressed. As for your specific request you will find blow my responses to the questions in your email. I look forward to more discussion moving forward.
Arnprior is unique whereby we have established numerous Advisory Committees to gain input and information to help us address areas of responsibility and concern to our Residents. As for the Arnprior Pride initiatives Council has established the Inclusivity and Diversity Committee. The Committee like other Advisory Committees will review and discuss the requests and make a recommendation to Council. At that time all the information will be available to Council members to consider and debate and provide direction to staff.
As in the past, I will continue to support and give serious consideration to all requests from Arnprior Pride and the Committee’s recommendations. Council will discuss the request and a majority vote at the Council table will provide staff direction on any requests bought forward.
I feel that real honest dialogue between Council and Council members individually with Arnprior Pride as an organization and on an individual basis is a good base to begin the process. This would include the Inclusivity and Diversity Committee of course. But more individual and small group discussions will help Council members including myself gain more knowledge and insight of individuals personal perspectives on issues.
Formal education process will continue through our Human Resource Department and be made available to Staff, Council and I would like to see it also be provide to the Community at large for consideration.
As I indicated above to build on the process of open real dialogue and conversations one a more individual basis. Then using that knowledge and understanding for Council, Staff and Arnprior Pride to demonstrate the understanding and cooperation to the Community at large. This I think will bring a more willingness to LISTEN and Learn on both sides and gain a level of understanding that can begin to bring all together.
Thank again for your interest in the election process and our Community as a whole.