Unexpected Rich Experiences

When I decided to run for a Councillor position I had a pretty good idea about the “work” although the specifics were a little vague.  One aspect I did not appreciate was the amount and variety of “extracurricular” activities to which I would be invited.

To date my criteria for selection has been either one of familiarity and a passion for the issue; or, little familiarity and the desire to learn more.  3 events attended (or to be attended) in April and May illustrate the scope very well.

Thursday May 26 I will be attending a symposium in King City on ‘Loyalty To Country’  hosted by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Maple.  Speakers will be from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian faiths.  The intent is to provide a a forum to increase understanding of different religions in our community, share knowledge, promote tolerance and work towards living in peace and harmony which is the prime objective of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. I am honoured to have been asked to fulfill the role of moderator at the symposium.The event is being held at King City Public School; registration is at 6:30PM.  For more information about the event read here.

In early May, Girls Inc invited female members of York Regional councils to attend a meeting with request that we be prepared to talk about our decision to be in politics.  For me, learning about this not- for-profit organization was quite an eye opener.  It is “dedicated to providing girls with the tools they will need to be strong, smart, and bold. It offers a number of programs and services for girls between the ages of 4-18 and their families within York Region and Bradford.”  Councillor Eek (Ward 6) also attended. You can learn more about Girl Inc here.

April 12  I attended the announcement by Yellow Brick House of the second emergency shelter in York Region (YR) for abused women and children.  Last year 598 women and children could not be accommodated in YR due to a lack of shelter beds.  On a positive note, last year Yellow Brick House provided shelter, counseling and support services to 4,500 women and children.  Here is the press release.  You can learn more about Yellow Brick House, a United Way agency here.

Without question, being a Councillor is a very rich, personal experience.

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