Welcome to Your Kamloops!: Letter to the Citizens of Kamloops
Dear Kamloops Citizens,
I hope to earn your support as I seek re-election to council this fall. The civic election is on Oct 20th.
Serving on Kamloops city council for almost 10 years has been the honour of my life. I love this community with all my heart and I am incredibly thankful that the community has provided me with this amazing opportunity to serve.
In my time on council, I’ve worked on a great diversity of issues. I feel very well versed in community opportunities, concerns, and issues in Kamloops.
Specifically, in this term of council, highlights include:
- helping connect the local technology industry more closely with city hall
- helping secure over 100 units of supportive social housing
- assisting the formation of council’s Sustainability Advisory Committee
- supporting the plans for a Performing Arts Centre,
- working to successfully establish a junior city council.
My accountability statement on my 2014 council platform (please click on image for larger view):
In May of 2017, when Mayor Milobar was elected to the provincial legislature, I was honoured by my council colleague’s unanimous support to become the Acting Mayor until Mayor Christian was sworn in early October. This was an incredible experience for me and I learned even more about city hall operations. I helped lead the community through our wildfire response and the final steps of our decisionmaking on the Ajax mine proposal.
On a provincial level, I am currently the First VP of the Union of BC Municipalities and President of BC’s Local Government Leadership Academy. I try to bring as much of my provincial learnings and relationships as I can to my work in Kamloops.
I strive to take a very positive and constructive approach to my council work. We definitely have challenges but the way to address these challenges is to focus on our strengths and opportunities.
I strive to be a councillor everyone can feel comfortable with and to be a councillor who brings our wonderfully diverse community together over issues and initiatives.
I aim to thoroughly research and engage the community on issues. And, once I’ve made decisions, I commit to clearly explaining the reasoning behind my decisions.
I hope you will consider actively supporting the campaign. I am hoping this will be our campaign, not just my campaign.
Thank you so much for being part of what Kamloops an awesome place. Please be in touch anytime.
Cell: 250 377 1797 | Email: email@example.com
Arjun is a trained facilitator and is currently co-chair of the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation.
Arjun was born and raised in Kamloops. His parents, Dr Gur and Mrs Manju Singh, immigrated to Canada from India in the 1960s. He previously served on council from 2005-2008. He has a MA in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University and a Certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement from Fielding Graduate University.
Arjun welcomes your questions or feedback on any community issue or initiative.
Since 2005, he has written a blog for Kamloops citizens and people interested in Kamloops – www.yourkamloops.com.My Blog Posts