Council candidate seeking to drive public engagement and consultation
Melissa Erickson says transparency and a desire to help create a more engaged community are the main reasons she is running for Grande Prairie City Council.
The Grande Prairie attorney says she’s noticed many residents have questions about the decision-making process in the city. She says she couldn’t think of a better way to try to create a more transparent and accessible city than to fight for a seat on the council.
“There seems to be a lag between the decisions being made and the information not to say it’s not available, but how is that information getting out to people,” she says.
“While there were a number of specific issues that people discussed, it seems to be the focus of getting more information in front of people before decisions are made,” she adds. .
Erickson says that despite being a fairly frequent user of social media, she still finds herself missing information from city sources in that medium. She says how interested the public is in the affairs of the city, a potential lack of community participation is not apathy, but it could be a lack of communication in the dissemination of information.
“What are the ways we can engage with people outside of what’s already been done, because from what I’ve seen it’s not enough,” she says.
“I don’t want to denigrate the efforts that have been made so far, but if there is anything that can increase engagement, we should do it.”
The 2021 municipal election will take place on October 18.