‘It takes a village.’ As you know there is a second part to that, ‘to raise a child,’ which in my roles as mom, teacher and counsellor I use every day. In my role, as MLA for District 12 Charlottetown-Victoria Park, I find myself saying the first part of this statement on a daily basis. To me, this explains well the crucial role of community and the boundless power of it.
In every role I have held throughout my lifetime, I see the effects of community, or lack thereof, on families and the direct impact that has on children. Being a part of building community is one of the most powerful and impactful things someone can do for the present and into the future. I see the role of MLA as being just that, one of both community building and finding ways to empower the individuals within it.
I appreciate every day that I have been entrusted to do this work with and for our community. There are so many aspects that I enjoy about this position, one being how much I am learning every day and as a lifelong learner this is essential. In the beginning, I was sure I knew what the work would entail and what my priorities were. In meeting with various community members, neighbours and friends, I realized this was just not the case and that it is these very discussions, both formal and informal, that set the tone, priorities and really drive the work that I do. Turns out, this is my favourite part. Meeting the various people in my community and seeing how I can help them has become my life’s work.
As a mom of young children, life is busy. While I see colleagues on social media out and about at various events, I realize this job looks a little different for me and the other Moms in the Legislature. Each unique individual is a part of multiple communities. In my case, the Legislative Assembly happens to be one of them. I get to bring the voice of our community into that space and I could not be happier. Every day I pledge to do my best and work hard for my community. Thank you!
Karla Bernard, MLA
October 16, 2019