It’s municipal election time, and we are reflecting on how things have been going for our town.
Eighteen years ago we made a good choice in making Ladysmith our home. We built a small business, engaged in civic service, took part in community activities and watched our family grow.
We believe the Town of Ladysmith has been well-governed and managed; we find its residents generous and thoughtful.
In 2008, we participated in the Town’s community visioning process. The result — crafted by several hundred citizens — struck a balanced, sustainable approach and, it seemed to us, encompassed the interests and wellness of everyone.
We did ask ourselves, “Can this vision come to life?” Clearly, yes. Our present council and staff have honoured that vision, sought more community feedback and made good progress.
Are we all the way there? No – but we need to stay the course. Our civic leaders need to maintain their present style of leadership — working together at the council table and seeking citizen engagement on major issues.
Stick with the vision. Be patient – it’s a complicated world – and hold on to the goodness at the heart of this town.
Doug Fraser and Shirley Naylor