Friday, October 20, 2017
Although I didn't win my bid for Red Deer city council, this time around, I did gain a lot of support and good will in the community and that is an achievement of which I am immensely proud of and grateful for. Exactly 4,709 people looked for my name on a ballot and then filled in the bubble beside it, that's up from 2,747 from 2013 when I first ran. Thank you!
I learned a lot over the last four years. I made a concerted effort to stay involved in the community and to be a force for good through my work. My blog and my social media videos proved to fulfill a need in the community for meaningful engagement and leadership. I realize that people want their voices to be heard and their concerns validated. Over the years, I reached out to many citizens, heard their concerns and then made videos and wrote blogs about them. I put myself out there as someone who is relatable and approachable because that's what I want from a city councillor.
"Coffee With Wieler" became my de facto election slogan. I didn't sit down with people just to rattle off my platform rather I sincerely sought to learn and understand the many viewpoints in my community because diversity is strength. I set out to listen and learn so that if elected I could then act in a way that truly represented my community. I will continue this work. I will continue to serve my city in my best capacity.
Going forward I will continue to stay involved and to work for the good my community however I do need to slow down and devote a lot more time to my family and some more time towards growing Food For Friends and my first aid/safety training business. I will continue to make videos about important issues in our city. Also, I have been toying with the idea of starting a podcast. Maybe it will be called Coffee With Wieler. I have met so many interesting people and had so many enriching conversations over the last while; I think it would be a good amplify their voices.
I am optimistic for our future because there are so many great people in Red Deer who are doing amazing work. We have a lot going for us but our people are our most valuable asset. Red Deerians have a proven history of being innovative and resilient. That is why our city is a place where people love to live and want to stay. Our future is bright.