Tonight I gave my first notice of motion to council on an issue that’s very close to me and I would love to hear your thoughts on it. My motion is simple, ensure that all of our documents stop using gendered language such as “he” and “she” to ensure that people who identify differently aren’t unintentionally excluded.
As someone who has many friends in this position I’ve always been bothered by seeing gendered language in our documentation. Upon expressing this, I know staff have worked hard to try and avoid this in new policies however it’s difficult to eliminate something so ingrained. And so, with the support of some of my colleagues I’ve put forward a motion with the hopes that Maple Ridge can set a positive example for other municipalities to follow on how to be more inclusive of all residents in our communities.
As I said I’m very excited about this and would love your feedback.
It`s hard to express how happy I am to have my colleagues standing with me in support of PEDAW, Provincial Eating Disorder Awareness Week, with the “Love Our Bodies Love Ourselves“ wristbands. This is a cause I became a part of shortly after working with the Looking Glass Camp for youth with eating disorders where I learned not only how complex and misunderstood eating disorders are, but how little funding is in place to support people facing this mental illness as well as many others.
The PEDAW Campagin is a way of bringing awareness to the issue and spreading the word about supports available throughout the province. For more information or to get involved, please click on the hashtags below. Special thanks to the Maple Ridge Times for helping us spread awareness with their article “The ACT in Maple Ridge turns purple for cause“.
I would like to invite you to my campaign kick off event on Saturday the 27th at Thornhill Hall. If you would like to come please sign up here or message me as there are a limited number of tickets available. We have had many dances at the hall in the past and they have all been a tremendous success so I hope you can join us. Please feel free to bring a friend and share the event as I know not everyone will check online for details. I look forward to seeing you all soon! More details are below.
Come meet Maple Ridge Council Candidate Kiersten Duncan and help kick off her campaign with a fun evening of square dancing at Thornhill Hall on Saturday September 27th. Tickets are only $15 and space is limited so please reserve your tickets in advance.
Not a dancer or don’t have a partner? No problem! Our Caller Ken will be teaching the basics, everyone is welcome and no partners are required.
This is a non-alcoholic event for all ages. Coffee, tea, and soft drinks will be served.
Everyone is encouraged to bring an appetizer to share
Please bring your own plates, cups, and cutlery to reduce waste.
Tickets: Are only $15.00 and may be purchased in advance or at the doors. However, space is limited so please reserve your tickets in advance. E-mail Verity at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-467-3448 for more details. You may also contact Kiersten Duncan at email@example.com or 604-722-1707.
Date: Saturday September 27th
Time: Doors open at 6:30, meet and greet at 7pm, and dancing begins at 7:30
Where: Thornhill Hall Maple Ridge. 26007 – 98th Avenue (off 256th Street) in Thornhill Park