Friday, November 14, 2014

Closing thoughts...

I want to thank the residents of Trail for enduring the last few months of election fever and everything it brings with it. Signs, social media and events seem to dominate our landscape for a few months and then it all culminates in one final night of mixed emotions and the will of the people is brought forth.

The support and encouragement I received from our residents and surrounding communities throughout the campaign is truly appreciated. Working for you over the past three years has been both a rewarding and humbling experience. I also thank my council peers for their efforts during this past term as we have endeavored to carry out the wishes of the public. Seeing our community advance and accomplish our collective goals has been the true reward.

Giving back to the community is a core value that I embraced at a young age and have passed that value on to my own children. To have a resilient and thriving community, we all must participate in building that culture. I believe that we can continue to improve and strengthen our community in a way that supports all of our citizens, if we each do our part. I would be honored, if once again, you chose me to continue to help lead our community over the next four years.

On November 15th, please take the time to vote and let’s keep moving forward… together Trail.

Sincerely,

Kevin Jolly

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Platform Position 13 ...

During my time on Trail council, I have supported the expansion of programs at Selkirk College. I have met with Selkirk's administration and expressed a desire to see our Selkirk campus better utilized and geared more towards our industrial job base. I will continue to lobby Selkirk for more programs at the Trail campus. I am a strong supporter of the college and community colleges in general. I have previously volunteered as a judge in their annual business competition, and have also appeared as a guest speaker at their annual career fair. The expansion of higher learning opportunities in any community is critical to its long term sustainability.  

** Authorized by Mike Konkin, CPA,CGA, Financial Agent, 250-368-1278

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Platform Positions 11 & 12 ...

11)  I still support the establishment of a car share service in Trail. There are several easy to duplicate models that are already proven. A co-op program or a pay as you go cost recovery system both make sense. Car share services provide another option for those with temporary transportation challenges or those who simply choose not to own. It is a modest investment for a municipality to support and it creates greater mobility to support our commercial sector and easier access to health care services for residents.

12) There has been a lot of talk recently about youth engagement and suggestions that there should be a form of youth government in our area. I think what makes more sense is to ask our youth what they want instead of telling them what they want. It would be great if our youth had an interest in municipal affairs, but if they find it to be boring, inaccessible or not of interest to them, their engagement in the political process will most likely be limited. Perhaps we could learn a few things by just asking them what they think they need to feel connected to their community, government, etc... A "youth specific" online community engagement survey might be a good start.

* My definition of youth means teens and young adults up to the age of 21.

** Authorized by Mike Konkin, CPA, CGA, Financial Agent 250-368-1278