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Values

Municipal politics is about how we deal with change in our community. That takes vision, communication, and collaboration.

Representation of Vision

Vision

Representation of Communication

Communication

Representation of Collaboration

Collaboration

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Vision

What kind of community do we want to create? What kind of Brighton will our kids inherit? Having a clear vision allows us to respond consistently to change, but more importantly, it allows us to work proactively to shape our community. In practice, that looks like:

Community visioning sessions, where we imagine our future together and find ways to make it happen.

Strategic planning and participatory budgeting, where our vision is translated into policies and investments.

Approaching all of this through the lens of sustainability: how will our actions today impact future Brightonians?

Communication

We can get along and accomplish more if we can improve communications with residents, staff, and other jurisdictions. In practice, that looks like:

Having a clearly identified staff member responsible for providing information, directing inquiries, and receiving complaints; and encouraging all councillors, staff, and the public to refer to official channels of communication

Printing official notices in plain language in addition to the provincially mandated official communications, so everyone can read and understand public notices

Striving to ensure that public meetings happen at times and in formats that make them accessible to people with day jobs, kids, and disabilities

Collaboration

Like any team, Council’s ability to accomplish its aims depends on its ability to work together – between councillors, the Council and the public, and with other jurisdictions. If politics is about what we can accomplish together, then collaboration is the heart of politics. In practice, collaboration in politics looks like:

Councillors maintain professional and congenial relationships despite disagreements

Recognizing the limits of our roles, knowing when to defer to staff, and finding ways to engage and empower the public to contribute to our community outside the purview of municipal government

Mapping the community’s assets, issues, and efforts so that every department, nonprofit, association, and individual can see where good work is being done, how they can contribute, and where there are points of overlap, conflict, or synergy in their efforts

About me

I’ve been engaged in politics and social action at every level for almost a decade, including:

Volunteering with local nonprofits and serving on Boards and Committees

Founding and chairing Brighton’s Sustainability Advisory Working Committee

Running for office and contributing to policy discussions at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels

Serving on the Shadow Cabinet for a major federal political party for 5 years, including as an International Affairs Critic

I believe that knowledge is power and that power belongs to the people, so I value communicating expertise to the public. That’s why I’ve spent my career translating complex ideas and jargon into plain language.

I hold a Master of Arts degree and engage in academic circles, but I also write regularly in popular media such as the Brighton Beacon. I’ve taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and most recently collaborated on a new course for eCampus Ontario called Managing Complexity in the 21st Century. I like to bring theory and practice together and make it accessible to everyone.

I believe that we have everything we need to solve our problems, but only if we work together and share our skills and perspectives. I want to hear yours!

I’m happily married and the father of two lovely children. I believe that the future is something we make today, and I’m committed to making the best future we can offer to our kids and theirs.

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