LETTER: Young people stepping forward

When the election was called in November, I was very pleased to see young people stepping forward...

I would like to congratulate the new Council and Mayor on their electoral success. In your decision-making, please remember the young families and workers of this community. In thirty years, I will still be living with the decisions you make today – especially as it relates to the Official Community Plan.

When the election was called in November, I was very pleased to see young people stepping forward. Candidates like Raymond Kobes and Raji Buttar understand the problems young people face trying to find employment and raise young families in a very difficult economic climate. Unfortunately, neither of them had success. Part of the problem of course is that young people don’t participate in elections so grandparents land up electing other grandparents (i.e.. // Most of the current council).

On a rainy day last week I was very pleased to see Brad Vis canvassing in the community – another guy trying for office. Apparently, Abbotsford is now divided between two federal ridings. I encourage all of Abbotsford’s young adults in the new riding to consider participating in the upcoming nomination.  Here is a young candidate willing to work very hard for what he believes in  – even in the rain!

Our community needs more young people like the ones mentioned who will try and make our community a better place and are willing to fight for what they believe in.  The generations that make up 20 – 35 year olds need to start playing a more active role in our community.

For the new Council and Mayor, I encourage you to put as many young faces as possible on the Boards at City Hall. Just as there is Abbotsford Youth Council for teenagers, perhaps it is time to have a new Young-Parent/Young Adult Council – our voice needs to be heard as well!

Anthony Geertsma