Qualicum Beach Seeks “Death Penalty” for Errington Dogs

According to a story by Neil Horner in the PQB News (presumably to be printed in Friday’s edition of the paper), two Errington dogs visiting a Qualicum Beach location attacked a woman and her small dog while they were out for a walk. The town is now seeking to have the dogs seized and destroyed.

 

It’s hard to comment on stories like this without more information. I would really like to speak with the owner of the border collie-crosses involved in the attack, and I would like to speak to the victim. I doubt there is anyway to find out who these folks are, but if you happen to know them, please let them know that I’m interested in getting their side of the story so that I can write an article on the subject.

 

Roma, our Maremma, February, 2011
Roma, our Maremma, February, 2011

I like animals. Love them, even (and I don’t just mean I love them roasted with gravy!) We have 24 alpacas, 11 sheep, 2 dogs, 3 cats, and over 40 chickens here on the farm. Because we’re farmers, I’m concerned about wildlife, feral and domestic animals running free. Right now, we have a large white bunny living under the holly bushes in our front yard. He’s not a wild rabbit. I suspect that he’s pet bunny that has been dumped here or escaped from his home. I’d like to find a way to deal with him before he gets hit by a car, attacked by a dog or becomes a problem by burrowing or eating plants in our garden. This past spring, we had to deal with a small flock of ravens (about six) that took up residency in our pasture. Ravens are known to preyon newborn lambs, so it was very worrisome to have them about.  We’re not keen on them getting into the hen house to steal eggs, either. We’re always worried about cougars, bears and neighbourhood dogs. In 2010, one of our immediate neighbours lost sheep to a cougar and another lost sheep to two dogs that got into their barn and savaged the sheep.

 

When I mention my worry over the dogs and the ravens, I often get told, “That’s why you’re supposed to have a gun”. Great. I don’t disagree: as farmer’s we probably should have a firearm on the property to deal with problems (although that is a whole other blog), but I don’t want to have to deal with potential threats in such a manner. Shooting a dog that is in the act of attacking my animals is one thing. Shooting one that has wandered onto the property and has the potential to do so is another one entirely. The same goes for the ravens. Never mind the legality. Call me a softy, but I like animals. I want to be able to find reasonable and ethical ways to deal with the problems that they cause, like the gang elk that trample through corn fields, the gaggles of geese that pull up seedlings, and the feral rabbits that dig holes in our fields.

 

Earlier today I spoke with another Errington resident that is very concerned about her neighbour’s dog. This week she called the SPCA in frustration. The dogs bark incessantly (not uncommon, but that’s why we live rurally, right?), puts its head through the fence to snarl at her dog, and chases after rabbits, cats and even dogs in the back of trucks. The SPCA directed her to Coastal Animal Control, who basically told her there was nothing that could be done. She knew that, but she wanted to know who to call when the dog needed to be scraped off the street after it chases a rabbit into traffic again. She doesn’t blame the dog. She blames the owner. Sadly, in the end, it is the dog that will pay.

 

I’m not sure where exactly I fall on the “animal control” spectrum. I think it is time to have the conversation as a community about how our complete lack of animal management guidelines affects our desire to support sustainable agriculture. As we grow, as we subdivide, as our population density increases, we’re going to have to find ways to deal with disputes between neighbours. The reality of the world that we live in today is that we no longer have strong neighbourly bonds: we don’t rely on one another the same way we did in past generations. While it sucks to think that we might need rules in place to make up for this missing connection, it may be the route we need to go. That said, as I look over the list of things you can be fined for in Nanaimo, I am so very, very glad I live in Errington.

 

As for the dogs in this story? I can’t pass judgement without more information. Was this a one-off, freak event, unlikely to ever be repeated, or do these dogs pose a threat to anyone that happens to walk by when they’re off leash? Given that they live out here in Errington, is this something I need to worry about? Are these dogs vicious enough to warrant destruction? It’s sad that animals have to be punished for what is quite possibly the negligence of their owner (again, hard to say without more information), but this might end up being the only reasonable way to deal with this specific incident.

 

I’m ready for a conversation on animal management in our community. Are you?

Village Voices: Let the Music Take You (Review)

Cover showing "Let the Music Take You"Though I had a concert of my own to sing in on Saturday evening, I managed to catch the Village Voices’ fall concert that was held in the afternoon in Qualicum Beach.

 

I remember when the Village Voices were just newly-formed: at that time, I was attending high school at KSS, and all the choirs in the district participated in a multi-choir performance at the Qualicum Beach Civic Centre. The Village Voices weren’t much larger than the Madrigal Singers (what a group – I miss them!). Today, the choir has 69 members on its roster. The motto on their website is “To be the best that we can be and still have fun.”

 

This was the third consecutive Village Voices concert that I have attended, and I think that they are living up to their motto very well. Their current director, Rosemary Lindsay, is effervescent and effective: the choir sings well AND clearly has a lot of fun. The concerts have a light, entertaining feel to them that suits the audience.

 

The Village Voices set up their concerts well. Afternoon concerts in Qualicum Beach are an absolute must; too many folks just don’t want to be out driving around after dark. Switching to a Saturday this fall (and thereby avoiding a conflict with the 99th annual Grey Cup) seems to have been a success, too, as there was a full-house at the Christian Fellowship Centre for the concert. Admission by donation with a suggested donation is a great way to open up the concert to everyone. Draws for gift baskets and 50/50 tickets hopefully offset any financial loss from this “open door” policy. The choir has a great team of front-of-house folks managing the fundraisers. The choir also benefits from the sponsorship of local businesses. Seeking out sponsorships takes work, so kudos to choir members for functioning well to get them in place.

 

A short program, just an hour and a half long (including a 15 minute intermission), also contributes to the success of the Village Voices concerts. It works their audience, and by keeping the program short and working with a guest choir, the Village Voices keep the amount of material they need to prepare at a reasonable level. I think that this is key to “doing the best we can do…”: if a concert program is over-loaded with too much music, a choir runs the risk of not having enough time to properly prepare the pieces. The Village Voices appear to have found a very happy medium. I also appreciate that they keep their program notes & speeches concise, too!

 

Saturday’s program today was a nice mix: a few spirituals or spiritual-like pieces, a folk song, a couple of classical adaptions, some vocal-jazz numbers, plus festival pieces & art songs. There really wasn’t “too much” of any one genre. The Christmas content wasn’t overwhelming: this is only November, after all! Adding a few carols and inviting the audience to sing along with Jester Hairston’s “Amen” kept the audience engaged during transition times while choirs loaded on and off the risers. The guest artists, the Vancouver Island branch of the BC Boy’s Choir, also had a fun show-choir piece for their entry.

 

The concert itself wasn’t perfect. Are they ever? I think that what is crucial to an entertaining event, though, is how a group of performers deal with inevitable “uninvited guests” like false-starts or forgotten words or – in this case – a very unfortunate fire alarm that went off while the Boys were on stage and continued to stop and start for the next several songs. Rosemary chose to have the Village Voices had to restart their very first song. This was a good call, and the way she handled this was perfect. She’s so sparkly and full of cheer that you can’t help but be put at ease. You always want to kick off a concert with a solid entry, and if it doesn’t happen, why not stop, lighten the mood, give everyone a chance to relax, and then start again?

 

I enjoyed the Kirby Shaw “Alleluia”. The choir sang it a cappella with a fine blend. “Peter on de Sea, Sea, Sea, Sea” was fun, and the choir sang it well, too. The soli group of sopranos in “Strike the Cymbal” blended together and sang well. Wagner’s “A Jolly, Jazzy Christmas” had some fantastic unison singing from the women: the Village Voices know how to blend. I also really liked the joint piece “On a Clear Winter’s Evening”. This Christmas song was sweet and simple. Again, here it comes back to the choir’s good blend. The men’s unison singing was lovely.

 

The boys, by the way, were charming. The way they shook hands with folks on their way out of the hall was sweet. I was so impressed with their ability to keep singing despite the crazy interruption of a fire alarm. There are a lot of really young boys in this choir, and the choir itself (at least this branch of it) is only three years old. I am very pleased that Patricia Plumley has started this children’s group on the island. My choral experiences as a child certainly served as a springboard for my love of music, so I have a great deal of affection for children’s choirs.

 

I’d be remiss (and probably in trouble, too!) if I didn’t mention that my colleague John Nelson did a very solid job at the piano, playing for both choirs. John is my most-excellent and ever-patient organist at St. Stephen’s United Church.

 

Overall, I think that the music production of the Village Voices is above-average among choirs of similar make-up, style and aim. I made a note that the choir’s dynamic contrast is good: they don’t just sing mezzo-forte all the time. As a listener, aside from the false start of the first song, I did not notice any grave mistakes in the execution of the songs, and that is what a group should always aim for. Of course, there is always room for improvement. The choir’s enunciation could be better (though it isn’t horrible by any means). In a few places, I thought that the sopranos’ sound didn’t have enough body. Similarly, the bass section needed more volume in some spots. There were a few areas with noticeable tuning issues. I wish that the clarinet had been a little louder in the “Over the Sea to Skye”, and in the joint pieces, sometimes the boys choir got swallowed up by the adult choir. Perhaps, if the boys had been on stage in front of the adults (instead of standing on the floor in front of the stage), they might have been easier to hear.

 

In both choirs, particular individuals stood out as being fully engaged with the music. Facial expression and body language sell the music. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the front row or buried in the back: if you’re enthusiastic about the song, the audience can tell. From mournful to jovial, if you can feel the music and express it on your face, the audience connects. This is one area that the Village Voices is mixed on: some folks are doing it all the time, some folks do it some of the time, and some folks don’t do enough of it at all. I think that staying emotionally engaged may be the most challenging part of vocal performance, especially in large ensembles.

 

The Village Voices should be proud of their consistent good work with putting together an entertaining program for the community. I hope they have fun with their singing (and I think they must, given the size of the group!). We’re fortunate to have this kind of group in our community: it is a vehicle for singers to share in the joy of music making… and sharing then joy with others at events like this.

 

 

Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan’s Interview on CHLY Radio

Tali Campbell of CHLY radio in Nanaimo interviewed newly re-elected Mayor John Ruttan earlier this week. Campbell solicited questions from the public on Twitter, so I submitted one that I had asked Nanaimo candidates during the campaign: “Are you going to continue to force unwanted bylaws on the RDN electoral areas?” Not surprisingly, during the campaign, no candidate bothered to respond to me. Put on the spot on the radio, Mr. Ruttan’s reply was less than stellar: “The City of Nanaimo does not dictate what happens for by-laws outside of our city.” – John Ruttan (click to hear the whole answer)

 

Nice. He completely disconnected his job as RDN Director from his job as Mayor of Nanaimo even though the only reason he is an RDN Director is because he is the Mayor of Nanaimo! I wish I had been able to call in for the show, (I was in a rehearsal at the time) so that I could demande a straight answer from Mr. Ruttan. As an RDN Director, Mr. Ruttan was responsible for voting in a bylaw that our community very clearly did not want. To Mr. Ruttan, I would have liked to have asked: how did you vote on June 22nd, 2010, when Director Westbroek made a motion put the matter of building inspections to a referendum? How did you vote when Director Westbroek moved that the matter be abandoned? How did you vote when Director Haime made a motion to send the bylaw back to staff to explore a voluntary opt-out for single family dwellings? Did you note vote in favour of imposing an unwanted bylaw on the residents and property owners of electoral areas in the RDN?

 

However you feel about the buliding inspection bylaws, the fact of the matter is that they were imposed on our community without the clear support of our community. It should have been put to a referrendum, or at least been left until our most recent election.

 

Now that I think of it, Mr. Ruttan, it would also be nice if you could answer this question, which was brought up at our All Candidate’s Meeting in Area F: If you think that someone serving on the Board of Directors [or Nanaimo City Council, for that matter] is not well enough (healthy enough) to properly represent their constituents, what would you do about it? Beyond taking advantage of them, of course.

 

I’m not trying to pick on you, Mr. Ruttan. I’d just like a straight answer, and I think that of our community deserves one.

 

To hear the complete podcast of CHLY’s show, you can visit this link.

Just a quick note…

Just so you know, I fully intend to keep up with this site. I will continue to blog and share links and information with everyone. I also intend to keep up on public & community events as much as I can. I have some new ideas for the site, which should roll out in January.
I am very busy this week – four nights of rehearsals and four days of work – so I’m not going to have more than a few minutes here and there, so my posts will be pretty short and mostly music related, as that is my primary focus for the next three weeks.

 

P.S. I’d like to apologise to folks that some of my campaign signs are still up. We’ll snag a few more on the way home from choir, and then I should be able to finish up Friday.

Province backs online voting trials

Exciting news from the Victoria Times Colonist! Apparently Elections BC is seeking permission to test online voting. Even better news is that Attorney General Shirley Bond and Premier Christy Clark support the idea. According to the article “Online voting changes proposed by Elections B.C. would apply only to provincial elections,” but with an online system in place for provincial elections, one would think that it could be used by local governments in the future.

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Voter Turnout (or lack thereof)

 

Based on preliminary results, here’s the voter turn-out across the region:

13.3%  Area A (Cassidy, Cedar, Yellowpoint, South Wellington)

18.5%  Area G (French Creek, Dashwood, Englishman River)

22.3%  Area E (Nanoose Bay)

20.8%  Area F (Coombs, Hilliers, Errington, Whiskey Creek & Meadowood)

26.6%  City of Nanaimo

34.9%  City of Parksville

44.1%  District of Lantzville

44.9%  Area B (Gabriola, DeCourcy, Mudge Islands)

55.3%  Town of Qualicum Beach

 

29.5%  Preliminary results for the province-wide turnout in municipalities

42.8%  Electoral areas of Cowichan Valley Regional District

61.0%  Electoral areas of Central Coast Regional District

 

CivicInfo BC expects to have a province-wide turn out number for regional district electoral areas next week.

 

Do you care that the voter turnout in Area F was less than 21%? That in are A, it was less than 14%?! I care. I find it shocking, saddening and even a little disgusting. I expected that the anger over the building inspections would spur more people to get out and vote, and I thought that with four fresh, new candidates, all with different styles, there was enough selection for voters to choose from.

 

With the likelihood that our community will be voting on incorporation in the next 3-6 years, it is crucial that we find a way to get more people to participate. Incorporation as a district municipality would be a huge, huge change. I know we’ll be hearing about it more in the next few years. I cannot stress how important it will be that more people participate in the referendum process, should there be one (and their likely will be). The future of our community shouldn’t be decided by just 20% of the residents & owners.

 

Is the problem access or apathy? Access issues are the easiest to deal with, and I’ve listed a few suggestions below. Apathy, on the other hand, covers a wide range of problems, so it is harder to come up with solutions, except of course making voting mandatory by law, as it is in Australia (something I’m not a fan of). There are potential voters that don’t vote because they feel helpless; no matter how they vote, things won’t get any better. Then there are those that are simply uneducated and can’t be bothered to get informed. I find it difficult to believe that anyone in our community didn’t know there was an election coming up – the signs everywhere certainly indicated that one was going to be held. Information was available in all forms of media – flyers in the mail, newspaper stories, and on the Internet. They may not have known what day or where to vote, but they surely knew that there was going to be an election. Not getting informed is a form of apathy, too.

 

Three things we can do to improve access-based turn-out issues:

1)      Mail-in Ballots – Either run the entire election by mail-in ballot (as was done for the HST Referendum earlier this year) or have mail-in ballots available for those that wish to request one. This would allow those travelling or working during the election the opportunity to vote. It would also make it easier for people with mobility issues and those that have to travel a long way to participate in the election.

2)      Voter’s Cards – Rather than send out a flyer to every mailbox in the electoral area, the RDN could send out addressed voter’s cards to everyone on the mailing list. This is more likely to be read than a newspaper-type flyer. While canvassing during this election, many people I spoke with were expecting this to arrive in the mail.

3)      Additional Polling Stations – If mail-in ballots are not adopted for our next election, we absolutely need a second polling station closer to the Meadowood community. A 40-minute drive to the polls (one way) presents a significant deterrent to voting.

 

Voter’s cards, optional mail-in ballots and additional polling stations would certainly cost more. Voter’s cards would cost less than $5000, which is a small price to pay if it gets more people involved in our democratic process. A community-wide mail-in ballot might even be less expensive than our current practice of renting a hall and casting our ballots on election day.

 

While I would love to suggest Internet-based voting options, it’s really up to the provincial government: they have to create or modify legislation to allow for it.

 

What do you think? What more could we do to increase voter turnout? Are you scared of what could happen if we had a referendum on incorporation? Is it worth investing a bit of money if it could improve turn out? What are regions that have a high turnout (like Bowen Island and Tahsis) doing differently that we could try here?

 

It’s over! Whoopie!

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Julian Fell on his election (unofficial results). Mr. Fell is passionate about serving our community, and he has a wealth of experience at his disposal that I know he will put to use. I hope that the entire community will join me in supporting Mr. Fell as he endeavors to work for our community. God bless you, Mr. Fell!

 

Congratulations also to our new School Trustee in Area F, Julie Austin.

 

I’ll write more tomorrow. For now, I just need to digest things. The last two weeks has been so full of ups and downs, so full of not knowing. Now I can devote myself to the three upcoming concerts, especially my own church choir’s presentation of the Gloria in December. I’ve identified a couple of skills I didn’t know I had, and I’ll be looking for new ways to make use of them. The community isn’t ready for me, but I’m ready for a change in my life, and I think that I will be looking back in five years and seeing that this election was the spark.

 

Over the next few weeks, look for this blog to change. It is going to morph into a community website. I’m going to list community organizations, business and events because we don’t really have anything out there that markets our area specifically. Don’t expect me to just go away, though! I’ve enjoyed blogging & participating on social media platforms. You’ll be hearing from me again soon. (Saturday and Sunday next week, in fact, if you come out to the Island Consort’s concerts in Ladysmith and Nanaimo!)

 

I would like to thank:

My husband Randy, my mother Linda and my sister Araby. All served as sounding boards for my ideas and helped review my speeches and blog articles. I appreciate the sober advice and patience of my husband, the steadfast support of my mother and the frank encouragement of my sister.

My sign helpers: my mom, my husband, my nephew Noah (for helping put up the first and last signs), my nephew Markus (for helping to put up the first signs) and my friends & family that put signs in front of their property.

My friends at spinning that encouraged me to run.

My manager and co-workers at Travelodge Parksville for allowing me the time off I needed in the final two weeks of the campaign.

The church choir at St. Stephen’s United Church in Qualicum Beach for putting up with me while I was distracted!

The other candidates: Leanne Salter, Julian Fell and Richard de Candole, for being open and amicable throughout the campaign.

Local media, including the Oceanside Star, Parksville-Qualicum Beach News, Shaw TV Central Vancouver Island, CKWN 980, and the Nanaimo Daily for their coverage of the election and for providing all the candidates with a venue to share their opinion.

Local organizations, including ORCA, ACES, Corcan-Meadowood Residents Association, and Back Road Java for planning public events for candidates to meet the public.

Everyone that supported me with their votes. I’m humbled by the trust that you put into me.

Everyone that didn’t vote for me, but listened to what I had to say with an open mind.

What I learned:

  • I have a natural talent for public speaking, and I should use this gift more often.
  • I need to ask for help: I can’t do everything by myself.
  • The people of our area are amazingly gracious and welcoming. Despite my concern about bothering people in person, over the telephone or over the Internet, very few people (<1%) I met responded with hostility or irritation.
  • We have a lot of diversity in our community. We have amazing talent and skill, too.
  • We’re not a closed system. Our community events & organizations include many participants from the rest of the Oceanside area.

If I run for office again I learned that…:

  • I need to start early and start confidently.
  • I can’t be shy in asking people to support me with their votes or their money.
  • I need a sign crew. I need someone to completely take over putting up the signs and checking to make sure that they are put back up if they are vandalized or blown over.
  • I have better ideas on how to position signage.
  • I need to make use of more print media & door-to-door because so many people don’t look to the Internet for information.
  • There is a huge, huge amount of voter apathy in our community.

Most Negative Campaign Experience:

Having my campaign signs targeted for vandalism. We checked on someone signs periodically throughout the campaign, including the night before the election when I decided to reposition some. I get that my cheap sign stands didn’t hold up well in the wind made and also made them easy targets for vandals to just veer off the road and run over with their car, but given the number I also found just pulled up and tossed or the number that I didn’t even find, I think that someone was intentionally going after my signage. I don’t have a clue who would do such a thing. I have no reason to believe that any of the other candidates were involved. Quite the opposite: one of the other candidates was even cordial enough to let me know where one had been run over. I suppose that I should be flattered that someone considered me to be enough of a threat to make them want to run down, pull up or steal my signs, but mostly, I just feel sad. The signs, by the way, with stands & taxes included cost just under $500.00.

Most Positive Campaign Experience:

The entire campaign. Okay, that’s really evading the question (politician style!), but it’s true. The entire campaign was a vehicle for personal growth and relationship building. As exhausting as it has been, if I know that I could learn this much about myself and my community, I would absolutely do something crazy like this again. If I had to pick just one, single moment, though, it would have to be while campaigning at the Errington store/post office when, as I offered a flyer to a man getting out of his car, he told me that he had already voted… for me! Even though we had never met, he had put his trust and confidence in me. It was an amazing moment of humility, gratitude and joy.

Campaign Facts:

749 unique visitors visited my website during the campaign.

My entire campaign cost less than $650.00.

Skye’s plans for the last 24 hours.

Here we are. Just after midnight on the final day of campaigning. In just under 24 hours, I will be legally obliged to stop campaigning and sit back and wait.

 

So how do I intend to use these last few, precious hours? I guess I should start by getting a good night’s sleep, but I’m almost tempted to pull an all-nighter and contact electors through social media. Throughout this campaign, I’ve been too shy or humble to ask people to actually vote for me. When I started handing out my business cards, my message was, “I don’t care who you vote for; just get out and vote.” Not anymore. I have a real, solid shot at winning this race. I’ve demonstrated my communication skills. I think that I even surprised myself a bit with my public speaking skills. My blog and website speak for themselves. This may be the best campaign website of any candidate in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Area E, Area F or Area G, and my activity on social media is beyond that of any other candidate in the same areas.

 

My plans for the last 24 include contacting voters by telephone and Facebook to say, “vote for me, and tell everyone you know to vote for me”. At this point, door to door is just too time consuming. I may try and hand out postcards at a few local businesses. I’m scheduled to attend a tweetup in Nanaimo tomorrow to network with Nanaimo candidates and business leaders. Oh, and I have to run errands: buy dog food, pick up pay cheque and return a library book. 🙂

Why candidates (and businesses) should be using social media…

A month or so ago, I attended a tweetup at Smashin’ Glass in Parksville. A tweetup is an event where people who use Twitter meet together face-to-face. We have them from time to time in our area, usually with 8-12 people meeting for lunch at a local restaurant. In this case, Smashin’ Glass invited folks to come by their shop and try their hand at a simple fused glass project – for free. I signed up and got to meet some new folks as well as connect with some people I had already met at previous tweetups.

 

(As an aside, Smashin’ Glasses strategy to offer tweeters a free project was genius. I’ve already been back for another class with my mother, and my sister wants to come as soon she finds a babysitter. Naturally, I’ve told lots of people all about it, and I will know to recommend it to guests at hotel looking for things to do in Parksville. Smashin’ Glass is benefiting from honest word-of-mouth advertising. They’re even getting advertising here in my blog now, too!)

 

Today on Twitter, I asked if any candidates from Parksville, Qualicum or the electoral areas would like to join me at the Community Meals lunch in Qualicum tomorrow… then commented on how pointless the invitation was since none of the other candidates are even on Twitter. (I did correct this shortly thereafter, since Peter Morrison for Parksville council tweets regularly and at least two RDN candidates have accounts, though they don’t use them often enough to be considered active.) Becky, someone I met at the tweetup, replied to me saying that none of the candidates in her area were using Twitter, either. She hadn’t even been able to find websites for them. Having read a newspaper article on one of the candidates in her area, I sent Becky a link to the blog post that I had written in response. She read the articles, responded to me, and decided to blog about the whole situation – the candidates and the fact that she hadn’t been able to find out anything about them online.

 

The reality is that for a lot of people – especially younger people – the Internet is our main communication tool and information medium. We don’t read a lot of newspapers or flyers. We don’t listen to much radio or watch a lot of local news. Why read a static newspaper story when you can chat directly with the candidate and the newspaper editor – and even watch them argue with one another! Candidates have mini debates 140 characters at a time. In Nanaimo, the election chatter on twitter has been a great way for voters to get informed because election related comments are easy to search for (#NanX11) and many of the candidates are active online.

 

By not having any online presence, the candidates in Becky’s area lost out on an opportunity to inform a voter. Because I have one, I was able to 1) meet Becky, 2) form a friendly relationship with her, and 3) provide her with useful information. I didn’t specifically do any of this (twitter, tweetups, share information) to get votes; I just happen to enjoy networking. It’s enough of a reward to meet new people, get to know them, participate in conversations, get help when I need it and/or be helpful when I can. That said, after helping out Becky today, because of those three steps, Becky included me in her blog post and encouraged folks living in Area F to vote for me.

 

So, why do you need to be online, candidates? To meet people, to build relationships with them, to be helpful, and to reap the rewards of genuine human interaction.

 

Thanks Becky!

Skye Donald: Audio Blog

I want to mix up the media I’m using in my blog, so I thought that an audio blog would be a nice addition. Because my closing speech at last night’s All Candidate’s meeting was too long to finish the way I wanted to, I decided to record it and share it with you here. Of course, now I’m just reading it from the comfort of my home rather than to an audience in a large room, so it is a little different, but I hope this helps voters see another side of me and profiles another skill that I have to offer.