It’s been a little over a month since the 2011 federal election and I have had some time to reflect on the 20 months we campaigned in Brant Riding.
I find myself incredibly grateful for the entire experience. I’m grateful for the opportunity to have met so many of the people in Brant. I’m even more in love with this community post-election than I could have ever imagined. The people make this community great and I would wager that the openness to discussion and engagement here is amongst the best in the country.
I am thankful for the wonderful team of volunteers, friends and family who came together to work determinedly on this campaign. Never did they lose site of the idea that improving the community whether we won or lost was a worthwhile endeavor and they embraced that call to action whole-heartedly. It was a pleasure to work alongside them, to hear their stories and to create a shared vision of this campaign.
On that note I’d like to extend kudos to all the volunteers involved with this election no matter which candidate they supported. Every single volunteer during a political campaign believes strongly in bettering our community and they prove it with their time and energy. Brant riding is a more interesting and engaged place because of them.
I’d like to extend my appreciation to the team at Canada’s New Democrats for investing so much time in our Riding. We were blessed with help and personal attention from many great federal volunteers, organizers and Member’s of Parliament and Provincial Parliament during the last 2 years who took time to get to know the people and issues of Brant Riding. Our active local riding association and youth association will continue to build relationships with the largest New Democrat caucus in history to make sure Brant receives the advocacy it deserves on both sides of the House.
Finally, I am thankful to all the local candidates for the vigor, enthusiasm, and camaraderie they showed during this election. I feel privileged to have been able to spend some time and get to know a group of people like Phil McColeman, Lloyd St. Amand, Nora Fueten, Martin Sitko and Leslie Bory.
Immediately following the election I made a promise to continue working in our great community and the next morning I was happily back at that work. It’s a promise I look to further as we move forward together, across political lines day-to-day in pursuit of a better Brant.