There is so much being talked about around our fine city with the upcoming Kelowna Civic Election. People are wondering who is this FourChange Group, and what is their motivation?
We’ve been talking about how Kelowna candidates are using social media (using the hashtag #KelownaVotes on Twitter), how many signs various candidates have around the city, but let’s face it, none of this is important. They are all temporary. We need to focus on the real issues. We need to focus on what the City of Kelowna needs long-term.
Mayor Shepherd said there is nothing wrong with downtown Kelowna, I don’t believe that is true. Let’s take what Dale Morton, co-owner of the Kelowna Hostel had to say, “At the hostel we have a lot of young people come here who’ve booked for four- or five night stays. Then they walk around, see boarded up buildings, and the empty stores on Lawrence and Leon. They see what’s going on in the streets, the criminal element, and they just don’t feel safe. They check out the next day. These are world travelers, and they can’t wait to get out of Kelowna. It’s a terrible situation.”
I think most people in Kelowna would agree that our downtown area could use some change. So what we need in our Kelowna City Council is a group of leaders that understand what is needed and willing to make the necessary changes.
I’d venture to guess that there are several candidates running in our upcoming 2011 Kelowna Civic Election that are more interested in a part time job with a pay cheque than about really making a difference in our community. Don’t get me wrong I know people need to work and require a pay cheque to live, but we need people with a genuine interest in improving our community in Kelowna City Council? In addition to having the desire to improve Kelowna, having a background that prepares them for this is essential. We need people who understand what Kelowna needs to stimulate economic growth, create more jobs and opportunities, which will then afford all the things residents want, such as bike paths, dog parks and more social programs.
Most people I have talked to agree that we need to be voting for the people who have a combination of life experience and business backgrounds that have prepared them to take on the challenge to create change. I believe we also need people that are willing to stand up for what Kelowna needs. I don’t believe that we want people in Kelowna City Council that are running in this election with no relevant experience or ability to make a valuable contribution.
When considering whom you are going to vote for as Mayor of Kelowna and Kelowna City Council consider the following 5 key factors:
1. Why are they running? Is it only for pay cheque, status, or is to make a REAL change in our community?
2. Do they have a relevant background that will help them be successful?
3. Is their message and what they say they stand for just about what they think people want to hear? They need to stand for and believe in the things that will make Kelowna’s economy strong, making this a great city to live, work and play in.
4. Are they vocal? Are they a leader? Or are they just going to attend those council meetings quietly, unwilling to ruffle any feathers and not share an opinion. We need people with opinions, we need people who are willing to stand up and speak up for what Kelowna needs to prosper.
5. Do they think ahead? All decisions have consequences, good or bad. We need people that are progressive thinking and are willing and able to plan ahead on how best to stimulate ongoing growth in our local economy for the long-term.
As the mother of a young man, I have to admit I admired the accomplishment of Kelowna candidate Kevin Craig winning in the last election. And as much as I would like to support him in this election, he is a young man who has never paid taxes, owned a home, ran business in Kelowna, and no relevant experience that is greatly needed to be an effective and contributing member in City Council . So I have to ask, what value does he truly bring to Kelowna at this time?
Then I hear many Kelowna candidates talking about a Balanced Approach. Do we really need that, or do we need an approach that makes Kelowna a better place to live, a safer community for our families, a place with opportunity and jobs for our youth, and a strong economy?
Personally I vote for CHANGE, I will be voting for candidates that I believe will make the greatest impact in Kelowna. They will be those who understand business, who are active in our community, and who have strong opinions and aren’t afraid to voice them.
That leaves us with the most important leadership position of all, the Mayor of Kelowna. We need a leader that can make decisions quickly and implement them even quicker. I’ve heard many stories about issues taking years to resolve in Kelowna City Hall. As a business owner myself, I know that one of the greatest assets you can have as a leader, is to make decision quickly and move them into action.
“Successful people make decisions quickly and change them slowly if and when at all.” ~Napoleon Hill, Author of Think and Grow Rich
There has been a lot of changing of minds in Kelowna City Council over recent years with things such as Kelowna’s Downtown Redevelopment Plan, proposals for the KSS site (rejecting them all), and changing of minds on HOV lanes, to name a few.
And there are endless ongoing talks about things that end up going no-where, just wasting a lot of taxpayer’s money. Too much time and money is wasted with delays of various plans and decisions being postponed or canceled altogether. The City of Kelowna not only needs strong leadership, it needs leaders who can make decisions quickly and move them into action without delay.
We are blessed to live in one of the most beautiful cities in British Columbia. Please take the time to vote on November 19 in our Kelowna Civic Election, as this is the most important election we have ever had.
What are the most important issues for you in choosing which Kelowna candidates you will vote for? Share in the comments below.