Keeping our youth engaged and committed to Okotoks allows the community to continue growing with engaged members of all ages. Instilling a sense of commitment and purpose in our youth encourages them to return once they’ve completed post-secondary educations and/or travel. Youth who feel valued will value their community in turn and have good reasons to come home and stay.
Creating neighbourhoods that make space for those at all stages of life allows for people to move within their neighbourhood as they go through different phases of life. Aging in place (the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably; regardless of age, income, or ability level) encourages a stronger sense of community. Families stay close and more diverse neighbourhoods develop. Thriving neighbourhoods naturally grow supportive networks for individuals, families, businesses, and community groups.
Valuing all members of Okotoks by meeting diverse needs will help it grow and flourish. Flourishing communities are built on a foundation where all people — regardless of income or social status — deserve healthy neighbourhoods where they feel safe. Connection is the foundation of thriving.
Encouraging local business development and supporting local entrepreneurs helps create a community that businesses value. Talented and creative individuals live and work in Okotoks. Locally grown businesses are created by people who are invested in our community.
There are countless opportunities to grow the economy in Okotoks. We are in a position to attract industry that will encourage youth to stay or return back to the community after they have completed their educations. It is crucial for Okotoks to strategically support industries that create opportunities for local employment and a community where people can live, work and play. This ensures thriving opportunity and security for our community. We can lead the way in our ever-changing world to attract sustainable industry.
Creating room for discussion will allow for our community to develop following a path that all can feel proud of. Creating a safe place for individuals to voice concerns in a collaborative manner where they’re heard and understood leads to productive conversations.
Common sense leadership means taking time to listen and collect information prior to making decisions. As a member of town council, it is crucial to truly evaluate the feedback collected and to form decisions based on the needs of the community both in the present and the future.
Understanding the past helps us create the future we truly desire. It is critical to listen to those who worked to create the wonderful community we call home. They are a wealth of information and if we take the time to listen, we can then prevent ourselves from moving backward and focus on forward movement.