Wow! Talk about busy times! It's been almost six months since our son Hollis was born, and I'm only now able to update about him! He had a smooth arrival and has been thriving in his new roll as little brother and tiny councillor. He came to his first council meeting two weeks after being born and has been to many since. Currently we are at the fall conference for UNSM (Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities) in Halifax. He has attended a few meetings and has helped me draw attention to the need for support and accommodations for young parents in the municipal realm. I'm incredibly fortunate that my mom, Joanne, has been able to be here for the week and care for Hollis while I take this opportunity to learn and network with fellow councillors of Nova Scotia.
We've covered a range of topics during the conference including agricultural land protection, rural high speed internet, the sharing economy and engaging Nova Scotians in municipal politics.
I've been very fortunate to meet Jim Mustard, of Inverness County and learn about his passion project of an Early Years Co-Op. His passion for supporting young families in rural areas is an important piece for improving quality of life in Nova Scotia and is a meaningful bridge for reconciliation with the First Nations communities in Cape Breton. I'm hopeful this idea is infectious and spreads across the province!
Our very own Deputy Mayor Lutz was elected to represent Kings County on the Rural Caucas(RC)! She is a talented and brilliant woman and mom who will represent rural Nova Scotians well over the next year. I am so excited to see what the RC will accomplish in the near future with her infusion of energy and ideas.
As the conference winds down I am grateful for the opportunity to build friendships and learn more about municipal issues. I'm leaving feeling engaged and passionate about the UNSM and our collective power to make meaningful change for all Nova Scotians.