Launching into the Year Ahead Posted on October 20, 2016 by Miranda Jimmy On Sunday, October 16th at Lessard Community League Hall I kicked-off my campaign to become your Edmonton Ward 5 City Councillor. Even though I had announced my intent to run nearly two months earlier, the October launch marked the official start to my campaign. The party was a family-friendly event, open to all, where residents of Ward 5 and supporters from across the city could share with me their vision for the city and for my campaign. The launch, just like my campaign, was focused on listening to what your needs are, what is important in your neighbourhood, and what you want for the future of our city. When I first imagined the event months earlier, I could envision activities for all ages, people connecting with one another, and many opportunities for me to meet new people. What happened on October 16th was that and so much more! There were children of all ages enjoying the activity stations, snacks, and festive atmosphere. The hall was filled with residents from Ward 5 as well as my friends and supporters from across Edmonton talking to each other about their hopes for our city and their interest in my campaign. It was a true joy to see people come together with such enthusiasm and energy for me and my campaign! For those of you who were not able to make it to the launch, I shared my introductory remarks via Facebook Live. Since last Sunday, over 1000 people have watched the video of my speech. In it, I talked about why I am running to be your representative in Ward 5 and why I decided to launch my campaign a full year in advance of the election. I have also shared many photos from the event on my social media, including an album of photos taken by my friend Alanna Yee. My favorite of the party was the #ISupportMiranda photo frame. I was excited to see people of all ages pledging their support for me with their smiling faces. At the launch, I was also delighted to have the support of former City Councillor Michael Phair. His time in public office and now as a Chairman of the Board of Governors for the University of Alberta has been important for our city. Councillor Phair’s 15 years on City Council was a groundbreaking time for the inclusion of diverse voices in the leadership of our city. He has inspired my belief that people from all perspectives and backgrounds can be influential in creating a city where everyone can feel included and supportive of each other. I am proud to have the support of Councillor Phair as I aim to make our City Council more diverse and to make the work of City Council inclusive and accessible to everyone. Edmonton media also came out to the campaign launch, one year from the 2017 Municipal Election. I was able to share more about my campaign with PostMedia, CTV Edmonton, CBC Edmonton, and Metro News Edmonton. I am glad to see that the media in Edmonton as well as residents are supportive of a more diverse council that will better represent the perspectives of Edmontonians of many backgrounds. If you elect me as your Ward 5 Councillor, I would be the first self-identified Indigenous woman to serve on Edmonton City Council. Thank you to everyone who has come out early to support my campaign: to volunteer, to donate, to share with your network. Your encouragement and enthusiasm has been incredible! We now have less than a year to continue this momentum and expand the reach of this campaign. I hope to meet more of you over the coming months at community events in Ward 5 and to chat with you via social media. I want to continue to listen to your concerns, understand what is important for you and your family, and find ways for you to connect with my campaign. Keep in touch and I will see you in your neighbourhood soon!