Community Pride

Cathy's Plan - Community Pride

What makes a neighbourhood a true community, one that exudes comfort, security, vibrancy
and a sense of belonging? One that welcomes residents and visitors alike as a safe, friendly
and interesting place to be? It is difficult to describe and even tougher to achieve, but surely it is
what most of us want from the places that we live.

Arts, Culture and History

Our sense of community is strong, something I pridefully brag about when at regional and national meetings. Our farmers market, children's festival of the arts, children's theatre, museum, Arts & Heritage, VASA, and library are all examples of how St. Albert encourages its residents to gather together as a community. 

Environment

But my pride in our community extends beyond events. St. Albert's Botanical Arts branding speaks so clearly about the amazing parks, trees, and green spaces. The Grey Nuns White Spruce Forest and how we are designing our city to ensure it's protected is an example of our environmental stewardship. I place great value in the Sturgeon River. We are so lucky to have it meandering through our city. It is fragile and needs to be protected which is why I am an active participant on the Sturgeon River Watershed alliance and support all efforts to minimize the City's impact on it.

Recreation

Moving forward into the next term, it is important to me that we continue to build on this positive momentum. St. Albert is doing it right, and we can continue to be proud of our city. As discussions about taxes, roads, photo radar, and other civic challenges take the spotlight I will be reminding everyone that all of this discussion is to support our most important objective... a city we can all be proud to call home.

 

When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding in favor of the war effort, he simply replied "then what are we fighting for?"