June 17, 2022

 

Hello WBRA Members,

I would like you to give yourselves a “pat on the back.”  We began in the springtime of 2019 as a very grassroots group. One of our goals was to garner memberships and participation from all corners of Wasaga Beach;  We did it!  We have become a respected voice for the taxpayer.  We have recognition.

That being said, I have learnt a great deal from my fellow board members and residents.  I have realized through speaking with different levels of government that a municipal council is a powerful group of people and local politics matter.  They have the right to change and write their own by-laws.  In some instances a municipal council has pretty much carte blanche; there is no opposition which is not the case at both The Federal and Provincial levels where they have opposition parties.

I have realized it is very important who is sitting on council:  their backgrounds as individuals; who they are as people.  Do they have integrity?  Have they contributed in a meaningful way to society?   Are they liked by their neighbours?  Are they good representatives of residents/taxpayers?  This may all sound a bit flowery, however, it is important.

On that note, I have learnt a great deal during these four years as your president and I know I have the background, desire and knowledge to be a worthy councillor in Wasaga Beach. I have made the decision to take a leave of absence and run for a seat on the 2022 council.  I wish to continue to be your voice and to work on your behalf to make sure your concerns are heard at the council level.

I want to thank you again, for the support, friendships and sharing during this tenure and please keep it going!  A strong ratepayers group is always good for a community.

Sincerely,