Welcome to my first community newsletter! It has been a whirlwind since the election, finding office space, hiring staff, and working as your MLA. It is truly a privilege to serve you.
One of my priorities as MLA for everyone in the Fredericton South riding, is to ensure that I am able to engage with you on a regular basis so I can be an effective representative. I need to hear what's on your mind and I need to hear your views on legislation that comes before the Legislature. To this end I have already set the wheels in motion in a number of ways.
I don't know about you, but I never had been in an MLA's constituency office until I rented the ground floor of 133 King St. I want to have an office that will quickly become part of our community - a hub of community engagement that is warm and welcoming. In fact, we are informally calling it the community office, though the rules are that the sign must identify it as a constituency office. It includes a meeting space and kitchen that can be used by local community groups in the riding. Home baked cookies have already started to appear in the reception area.
I have begun holding regular community gatherings neighbourhood by neighbourhood to get to meet you and talk about what is important. In this newsletter you will read about the first community meeting that was held in Skyline Acres-Forest Hill.
Our city councillors, whom I met with shortly after being elected, have agreed to participate in the community meetings with me. We represent you to two different levels of government, so it makes sense to me that the councillors should join us when they are able.