Lynn McIntosh felt the time had arrived when she could finally give back to the community.
The Cranbrook resident is running for City Council in the upcoming municipal election, set for Nov. 15.
“I want to give back,” McIntosh told the Townsman. “As a working single mother raising my kids, there wasn’t a lot of time to get involved in community groups.”
But McIntosh is grateful to all those community groups who helped her out — “Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cops for Kids, the Women’s Resource Society — all kinds.”
Private businesses, too, helped her and her family along the way, she said — through such initiatives to providing tickets to events, “so we could participate in community life.”
“It raised our spirits,” she said, “and my kids learned how to volunteer.”
Now that her children are grown, McIntosh is looking to help make the community a better place.
“Over the years I have engaged many people in friendly conversation and listened to their issues — what they like about Cranbrook and what they think could be improved.”
McIntosh describes herself as a team player with innovative ideas. Her educational background includes a diploma in Tourism, a diploma in Fish Wildlife and Recreation Management, and Associate of Art diploma in Social Science. “My background would be valuable to the position as a councillor member with an understanding of the tourism industry, knowledge of the environmental and forestry issues and respect for social diversity,” McIntosh said.
She has plans to boost volunteerism and community spirit, especially among local youth.
“Since our high school students need to graduate with community service or work experience, I would like to create a volunteer day: in which community groups can mentor youths. A lot of important work could be completed. This day would promote community growth, safety, health, partnership, tourism and build future leaders.”
McIntosh says that she is committed to building on the positive work of previous councillors.
“Learning from the mistakes of past councillors and admitting to my own mistakes. Please on Election Day take the time to vote for a council which best serves the city.”