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“Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.” – Jana Kingsford

As we embark on a new term, we benefit from fresh perspectives and approaches around our board and council tables. There are opportunities to explore and assess our environment for both new and returning elected officials. We aim to balance the priorities ahead and craft plans that create impact in our communities.

These plans are undoubtedly set in an environment of uncertainty. Many households brace as the impacts of inflation settle in, and stresses around housing affordability and attainability mount. Local governments also feel this strain as they balance tight budgets and limited resources alongside community growth. In the face of these urgent challenges, constituents continue to expect the ideals of good governance front and center—strong financial stewardship, transparency, and accountability.

BC’s local leaders are well-equipped to foster stability, fortified by the lessons of resiliency learned through the last few years. But we also recognize an urgent need to align our personal wellness with our professional responsibilities. To serve our communities most sustainably we must establish equilibrium with our own physical, emotional and social wellbeing.

We also recognize that there are opportunities to flourish when we embrace inclusivity, balance perspectives, and widen our circles. Local governments and Indigenous communities continue to foster relationships and approaches to operations with UNDRIP and DRIPA at the fore. Together, communities are growing capacity and local solutions through varied knowledge and viewpoints.

Join us at the 2023 UBCM Convention in Vancouver, where local leaders will be empowered to foster balance that supports vibrant and resilient communities.