I left Tuesday evening’s council meeting buzzing with excitement. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. I was actually thrilled by an engaging discussion on the Poverty Reduction Initiative, a coalition between the United Way, the City of Kingston and Kingston Community Health Centers. It turns out the next phase of the project is set to look at employment; more specifically, how we can bolster our employment rates.
So what’s all the excitement’s about?
You may remember that developing a solid employment strategy - particularly in regards to setting up the infrastructure to see youth employment flourish and stay in Kingston - falls under one of the three fundamental pillars of my platform. It is all part of my plan to realize and then actualize all the economic potential in Kingston, and our talented youth contingent constitutes a large part of this unrecognized potential. Of course, the initiative - and likewise my plan - is not confined to youth employment strategy, but rather to addressing employment issues on the whole.
The Poverty Reduction Initiative is actually doing a lot of great things; increasing employment opportunities is not their only mission, but it certainly is a big one. I, for one, can't wait to hear more from this amazing group - and, as mayor, I hope to be a part of ensuring their success.
(Image Ref: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Frontenac_County_Court_House_(Kingston,_Ontario)_(1).jpg)