Well, it has been a grueling 5 weeks of campaigning. But it was worth it! I have been given a very decisive mandate by you with a final vote of 791 to 227. I don't think we have ever had a voter turnout nearing 60% in Area C. I was extremely pleased to see so many young voters out at the polls, some of them for their first time. These will be our future leaders and it is heartening to see them getting an early start in being involved. That was one of my goals for the past year; to get more young people involved. Now that they have seen that they can make a difference, I believe that they will stay involved. I certainly intend to work at further encouragement for involvement of young people in our community over the next 3 years. It is all fine and good to have lofty campaign "platforms", but what really counts is listening to the community and keeping them engaged in all aspects of our community.
This campaign certainly allowed me to focus on all that is good about our community and all of our accomplishments. It was a good "refresher course" in why I am doing this incredibly intense job: to bring us local control of local issues and to involve our community to the greatest extent. Those have been my goals since I was first elected and they still are.
I sincerely hope to make our community more affordable, more self-sufficient and more connected in the next 3 years. We will all need to work together to make this happen. I know we can do it. We live in a beautiful area with so many opportunities. I hope to make it easier for our youth to live and work here and for our seniors to be able to stay here and not be forced off the island due to lack of care facilities. We have a community full of energy and ripe with volunteers. Together, we will make things happen. I am counting on your help in making that happen.
I have a Strathcona Regional Board meeting this Thursday and another one on December 17th. In between I will be at three days of integrated marine ecosystem planning meetings for our area, in Richmond. The work never stops. After the Christmas break we will be going to Public Hearing on our Local Area Plan for the Quathiaski Cove Village Plan and I believe for the Gowlland Views proposal. These will most likely be in January or February.
I am hoping to continue the discussions with Telus in Vancouver in December or January concerning high-speed internet for the entire island. Keep your fingers crossed! The wireless service that they favour is not what I am after. I want to tap into their fiber-optic system and get real high speed service. This may take some arm-twisting but it can be done.
I would like to express my deepest appreciation to all of the volunteers who came out to work on my campaign, to all of my individual funders and to the Quadra businesses from whom my campaign purchased supplies, signs, photocopies and media coverage and advertising. And most of all, I want to thank the people who came out and voted, in advance polls, in mail-in ballots, and on voting day. Thank you so much for placing your "X" next to my name and giving me the honour of representing you for another term. I am here for you!
Please keep in touch. As always, I am always available. Feel free to call me between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday (please, not on weekends, folks!) at 285-3355, or you can fax me at 285-3533 or you can email me anytime at jimabramxplornet.ca , or by mail at Box 278 in the Cove, V0P 1N0... Lots of choices. You can also view my website at www.jimabram.com
Please note my new email address. The old "oberon" address is no longer active. Also, now that the election is over and I have returned the rest of my house to a residence instead of "election central", please do not use my residential phone number for SRD calls. All business calls should be on 285-3355. Many thanks!
Director, Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets (Area C), SRD