With the civic election coming on Oct. 24, I was inspired to contemplate what my dreams are for the North End and what kind of person would best represent my community.

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With the civic election coming on Oct. 24, I was inspired to contemplate what my dreams are for the North End and what kind of person would best represent my community.

Essentially, I would like to see the people of the North End thrive. To find their place of contribution and significance in this city.  To live healthy lives with strong families and supportive friends — and a deep connection to their Creator.

I would like to see the people of the North End form a close-knit community. Where people get to know one another, regardless of differences. Where churches, community centres, businesses, and outreach organizations not only carry out their own mandates but start to work together with shared vision for the community.

I would like to see all kids cared for and safe — finding belonging, purpose, and hope. For them to be actively engaged in learning, playing, and taking responsibility. For each of them to have positive role models.

I would like to see the neighbourhood transform into a place where everyone cares for and takes pride in their homes. Including landlords. And everyone respects the property of others. Where neighbours know each other and watch out for each other.

I would like to see healing and freedom come where there is currently brokenness and bondage. I would like to see peace and harmony overcome anger and violence.
Are these things going to come as a result of one person — the "right" city councillor?

No.

I think the best person for the job will be a collaborator. They will make themselves available to listen to the voices of this community, particularly those who love the people who live here and want to be part of a solution. They will network with a wide cross-section of people — business people, artists, dreamers, people of faith, social activists, poor people, rich people, people like them, people different from them. They will have an ability to communicate well, and will organize and motivate people into action.

Simply put, it will take the whole community and a great deal of outside support (including divine intervention), to transform this community into the community I dream of.

That’s why the ideal candidate for city councillor will be someone who can work well with others. Someone who will not only bring their own vision for the community, but be willing to expand that vision as they invite others to share theirs. Someone who can negotiate the best value for every dollar, yet who can see beyond the numbers to the people who are affected.  
Who is up to the challenge?

May it become clear to us this month.

Sonya Braun is a community correspondent for the North End. You can contact her at sonyajoy@gmail.com

Sonya Braun

Sonya Braun
Springfield North community correspondent

Sonya Braun is a community correspondent for Springfield North. She was also a community correspondent for the North End for several years.

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