As I reflect on the past few months, I know that it will be remembered as full of ups and downs. I really enjoyed spending time with many of you this summer. We connected at community gatherings, and I loved chatting with you when you saw me biking or strolling through the neighbourhood.
You told me about the great work that our friends and neighbours are doing together to build community. But I also heard from you that times are tough right now; for some, tougher than they’ve ever been. Food, transportation, and housing costs are getting more expensive by the day, our overloaded healthcare system can’t serve everyone who needs to access it, and many of you are concerned about ensuring the health and safety of all of our neighbours.
I also want to encourage you to take time to rest and to do things that bring you joy. When we all work together, there is time and space for each of us individually to take a break when needed and come back stronger than ever. We’re lucky to have countless great community organizations that offer opportunities to gather together and have fun, and I’m looking forward to seeing everyone out and about this fall and winter, just as we did this summer.
As I prepare to return to the Legislature this fall, please know that I’ll keep working hard to fight for our community here in Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood. By standing up for public healthcare, supporting a strong education system with a modern, relevant curriculum for students, fighting for workers, pushing for access to harm reduction, housing, and other vital ground-level supports, and much more, I’ll continue to be your voice at every opportunity.
Please don’t hesitate to contact our constituency office if we can offer any support. As always, we’d love to hear from you.
Take care of yourselves, and each other,
Janis Irwin, MLA for Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood
Edmonton-Highlands-Norwood Constituency Office: 6519 112 Ave NW
NOTE: This article was also published in Boyle McCauley News.