Episode 022 -
Who I Am
In this twenty-second episode of Your Neck of The Woods, Jacob talks about who he is and why he is running for council.
So sit back, relax, grab yourself a nice cup of coffee and get to know your future councillor at your own pace.
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This is a very different episode of Your Neck of the Woods than usual, we won’t have a guest or even cohost. This chat is just between you and myself, as I meet more and more of you through door knocking or answer your questions via email and social media, I realize that, as much as I’d like to, I probably won’t get to interact with all of you wonderful people here in Ward 1. So, I figured we could dedicate an episode to you guys learning more about me especially since I want to represent you and I figure a big part of that relationship is trust; trust is a funny thing it tends to build the more you know about a person.
So in this episode, we dig a little deeper and I’m going to tell you who I am, why I’m here, and why I think it matters. After all, if it doesn’t matter why am I doing it? Looking back and reflecting on myself it’s fascinating to see how previous career goals, interests, and influences not only shaped me but have seemingly worked their way back around into what I’m doing now. The truth is this feels like something I’m supposed to do, I’ve always been that person who when a friend or family member comes to me with a problem I’m looking for ways to solve the problem or at least make the situation better. I can’t think of a better way to apply this trait than to represent the city and communities I love on the city Council.
I grew up in hockey rinks and on community baseball diamonds, lived through harsh winters in Calgary; [and some chinooks too] struggled to look for work, see the effects of economic downturn and high property taxes on family and friends, lived as a disabled Calgarian and dealt with the inconveniences and perils of living in a city where barriers exist not out of malice but because people like me can be an afterthought. Whatever the struggles or joys I’ve gone through them in Calgary my whole life and in Ward 1 for half my life. This is my home and I’m dedicated to leaving it an even better place than it already is. I started this journey in November 2020 in the midst of some of the greatest challenges we have ever had to face and there have been some very tough days but if there’s one thing, I want you to take away from this episode it’s that I am the most dedicated, hard-working, and even though the worst of times optimistic people there is. I’ve been part of this process for a year but Calgary is my life. Thank you for coming to my Ted talk; I mean enjoying another episode of Your Neck of the Woods.