Time is quickly passing and soon we will be saying good-bye to summer. This means as August turns into September, there are some life-changing events that will happen for some people.
Yes, everyone knows school returns in September, and for some students, it will be a year of firsts - first day ever going to school, first day going to junior high school, first day going to high school, or first day starting life at a post-secondary institution.
However, for those a little older, September marks an important day for those willing to put their name forth to serve their community. If you don't know by now, it's a municipal election year, and as summer holidays wind down, for those interested in representing the people of their community time is running out to add your name to the ballot.
There has been much fear throughout the province during the past year or so about what many perceive as a lack of people who may be interested in stepping up to the municipal plate.
Whether or not you may be interested in such a step, it's important to remember a town council represents one of the most direct and immediate avenues in developing and moulding your community. Municipal leaders, unlike those in the provincial or federal ranks, are seen more often in their community, can react almost immediately to what is occurring around them in their community, and understand better than the other levels of political leaders what makes their community tick.
No doubt, there are times when municipal leaders feel they are spending way too much time slogging through committee reports, attending what may seem like an endless number of meetings and events, and voicing opinions that reach no further than their own lips. Regardless, this is part of the process, and in the end, all these things contribute enormously to the operation of their community. Politics, like coaching, is a thankless job.
September marks an important day for those willing to put their name forth to serve their community. If you don’t know by now, it’s a municipal election year, and as summer holidays wind down, for those interested in representing the people of their community time is running out to add your name to the ballot.
This thanklessness no doubt comes from residents looking from the outside in, and then deciding to voice their displeasure or frustration in what they perceive as a lack of action of council on a particular issue. This expression may be done through personal conversations, correspondence to council, open-line talk shows, or letters to the editor..
While residents have to voice this concern, they can also have a more hands-on approach to fixing "the problem" - they can run for a council position and be a part of the solution, so to speak.
Really, think about it, what better way is there to have a voice heard than to sit on council and be a part of the democratic decision-making process for your town.
Ok, not everyone will be elected, but just the fact you get out there campaigning will ensure someone hears your voice and experience the passion you have for your community.
If there's one bit of advice to be given, it would be that if you are considering adding your name to the municipal ballot make sure you are committed to strengthening your town and doing what's best for its residents.
If you are sure you have this in mind, why not put your name forward and go on the list of candidates for Sept. 24's municipal elections.
In most communities, the time is drawing near to nomination day, so make contact with your town hall soon, and whether or not, you are among the elected come Sept. 24, you can feel proud in knowing you contributed to the democratic process in your community - a process that works towards the improvement of all things in your community.