When first elected, I campaigned on it being "our time" to take our place and reach our full potential - I was elected on that mandate. In order for us to do this it became clear early on that we had to first restructure our house and backyard, while also changing a culture that has been entrenched for many decades. We had to learn to replace bad habits with good ones, starting with recognizing that our focus must be what is best for the community as a collective versus individual departments, silo's or groups.
By working together and restructuring our house to be more functional, now we can all take pride in the unprecedented social and economic growth that has taken place in our community as a result, while at the same time becoming one of the lowest cost producing municipalities in the region.
Cochrane looks a lot different now than it did eight years ago.