We need a new vision, a new direction and a new way forward to regain our economic prosperity. We must have the courage to do things differently.
Kentville now needs leadership and management, not just management. The current council has adequately been managing the administration, making sure council and staff maintain existing structures and systems. Managing this way ensures that the town continues to function. We should not dispute the importance of capable management but the focus is on maintaining the status quo.
Leaders challenge the status quo. They inspire others with passion and drive to do things differently. They map out a vision that inspires others to buy in so they too are compelled to step up and help to create very positive outcomes for the entire community. Kentville needs leaders with energy, drive and enthusiasm for doing things better.
At the risk of stating the obvious, many elected councils consist of older white males. Many refer to this as “the ol’ boys club.” Clearly, there is a need for more diversity, and shouldn’t the community as a whole be encouraging new people, those with a variety of backgrounds and experiences? Shouldn’t we be emphasizing the need for fresh faces and new ideas? Shouldn’t we encourage more women to run for public office – because it’s 2016, to echo Prime Minister Trudeau? Shouldn’t we encourage a town councillor to view the role as a citizen representative rather than a paid permanent job with a pension and benefits?
The citizens of Kentville desire a local government that is inclusive, collaborative, responsive, proactive and open minded. Greater accountability, engagement and transparency seem like basic demands in 2016, but what we really need are individual representatives with great listening skills.
There are individuals willing to step up and create that change. Maybe there are more? Clearly, it will be critical for potential citizen representatives to define that change and articulate their vision in the coming months.
We should encourage and support capable and enthusiastic candidates. If you are able to help, make yourself known. Martin Luther King said “Democracy transformed from thin paper to thick action is the greatest form of government on earth.”
Sure there will be naysayers, those that are apathetic, and those who want to preserve the status quo, but many believe these individuals are in the minority. Those individuals may even pen letters in an attempt to discredit the need for change and those seeking change. Those interested in change must have the strength to overcome such opposition and the fortitude to persevere. Clearly, an attitudinal shift is critical in the year ahead.
Ultimately, the Kentville voting public will decide our way forward in October.
Post-Ivany Kentville needs citizens to step up – Now! Please visit the new Facebook page – Kentville Citizens For Change or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to help.