It’s that time of year again, the time when we reflect on the previous year and resolve to make improvements in the year to come.
Today a lot of us will make resolutions – we will decide to be healthy, to give more, learn more, reduce our waste and on and on the list goes.
What if we could make a resolution to help make real progress in one or all of these areas? Or conversely would we feel comfortable letting someone we don’t know make decisions on the direction our lives will take in the next year? It’s time to add a new resolution to the list – in 2015 let’s all get a little more political!
Here are a few suggestions:
Resolve to take part in London’s Build a Budget process and let this new council know what you see as important. Lots of us may have made the decision this year will be a healthier year or perhaps more specifically we have resolved to bike more. Wouldn’t it be nice to see those healthier choices supported by a strong policy to support bike lane infrastructure? Maybe you want to be greener, would a wet garbage collection help you do that? Maybe you resolved to read more, one item covered under the City budget is funding for Libraries. If you weren’t planning to purchase all those books, let City Council know Libraries are important to you.
Resolve to not only volunteer for charities and causes, but also to advocate for policy changes. Volunteering is a great thing to do but why not take it up a notch and advocate for that charitable cause with your political leaders? If you are giving to homeless shelters let your elected representatives know the way we treat those without permanent residence matters to you!
Resolve to join a party, it’s a great step towards making real change. With most political parties membership allows you to have some influence on party policy, in some cases members are able to choose who will represent them on the ballot. With the Federal election happening this year, this can be incredibly important if we want to see better representation of women (as well as other currently under represented groups in parliament).
Resolve to help out with a campaign. Whether you help put up signs or canvass for a candidate or use your skills in some other way it’s a great way to learn ore about the process and help make change.
Finally, resolve to provide some positive feedback to your elected officials, it can often be a thankless job and tough decisions are going to be made. If you resolved to be a happy more positive person remember to share success stories and words of encouragement to all.
We at Women and Politics are looking forward to 2015, to new challenges, to future successes, and continuing to advocate for more women’s involvement. What will you resolve to do?