My First 100 days in office!
I will never forget the night of October 22, 2018; the night of Election 2018. My team and I had worked very hard and winning by 154 votes topped off a very tough and fulfilling campaign. My twenty years as an environmental scientist was over.
The first few weeks were a bit of a whirlwind. Stepping onto the council floor for the first time was both exhilarating and terrifying. Fortunately, there was a detailed training session about how to use the voting buttons. Green means yes. Red means no. Got it. It would be embarrassing to mix that up.
After completing my first council meeting, committee work kicked off. I was delighted to be appointed as Vice-Chair of Scarborough Community Council and Vice-Chair of the Infrastructure & Environment Committee. But I was apprehensive to be appointed to the Budget Committee - $13.5 billion is a lot of money. Working through the 2019 budget process was hard, but incredibly rewarding. The best part was attending deputations at Scarborough Civic Centre.
I was also appointed to several external boards including the Toronto Transit Commission, the Toronto Zoo, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, and the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority. I believe serving in these capacities will help me deliver on the commitments I made to be a relentless advocate for investment in Scarborough transit.
I’m loving every minute of it, and I’m so honoured for the opportunity to work for you at City Hall.
Note: This is a shortened version of an article from Vol. 37, No. 3 of the April 2019 Edition of Bluffs Monitor