One of the reasons I joined Council was to build a stronger community for my daughters. I want my family to work together to make Chestermere better by respecting others and supporting a bigger picture. I often talk to my girls about the importance of caring for others in times of need, celebrating together, and building positive relationships.
While we can all make a difference within our community, making improvements to some bigger issues such as water and the environment, growth and development, and even the food we eat, requires collaborating as a region or province. That’s why I joined the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) Implementation group.
The CRP is working on a number of regionally-connected projects, but one of their major initiatives is about food security in our region. A commonly accepted definition of food security is that “all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life.” When I think about my own community and family, I realize how important that statement is, especially when it comes to local access.
I find myself speaking with Chestermere residents almost daily about local access, specifically shopping locally. When I talk with families about where they buy their groceries, their answer is often outside of our community so they can buy in bulk to save money. Did you know that more than half of food waste comes from households? Did you also know that if we shopped for less more frequently, we might be able to reduce the waste in our households? Shopping local, including farmers markets, helps build our local economy, improves our food security, and increases our connection to the food we eat. Many of these farmers and ranchers live in our region. Shopping local also encourages our interaction with our neighbours and has a lesser impact on the environment.
With unstable conditions across the globe, it is becoming more important to build regional self-sufficiency. I believe we can help make that happen but the change needs to start with us, my City, my neighbourhood, my family, and ultimately with me. If you’re interested in discussing food security or any other local or regional issue, contact me anytime. Creating common value by listening to all residents is very important to me, and I’d love to chat with you.
Jennifer Massig, Deputy Mayor
City of Chestermere
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