While there are things that I love about every season on Prince Edward Island, my favourite season has always been summer. It is a welcome change of pace in many ways. For me, it has always been a time to slow down, enjoy family, friends, sunshine, and my favourite refuge, the beach.
This summer was a little different as it was the first in a long time that I was not an employee of the Public Schools Branch. A big lesson I had to learn quickly was that of balancing beach time with the kids, spending time with family, and meeting with constituents in the community and at events.
When the House rose, I took some time to reflect on all the amazing things we accomplished as the Official Opposition – the immense and much welcome learning curve of it all. After this reflection, I began thinking ahead on how I could best serve you as your MLA. I spent a large amount of time meeting with you in the community to discuss various issues of concern shared by you and to identify areas where we can celebrate.
This summer I marched in various parades, enjoyed games days, picnics, theater, and festivals. I largely chose family friendly events so I could also spend time with my kids and involve them in our community. In August, Ole Hammarlund and I hosted a successful corn boil at Victoria Park with over 150 people in attendance! We ate corn, chatted with Islanders like you, and listened to the musical talents of Michael Pendergast. Thank you to all those who attended. It was great to see you. There will be more events coming soon, so if you were not able to make it to the corn boil, we will have another chance to chat.
One aspect of my work that I truly value is grassroots democracy. It is the constituents of District 12 Charlottetown-Victoria Park who guide my work. I welcome and encourage you to reach out to me. I may not always have the answers, but I will work hard to find them! I continue to be honoured, humbled, and so appreciative to you for entrusting me with this role. Thank you!