The Gold Quill Award is considered the Association’s highest recognition, given to those with the most innovative business communication ideas. The Let’s Talk Site C campaign, developed with Urban Systems, saw public consultation on the proposed dam through one-on-one talks in public parks, and dialogue on a website. At the centre was a community survey located at www.placespeak.com under the topic Let’s Talk Site C, where residents could find information, view videos, and participate in discussions about protecting the best interests of the city. At the end of the consultation period, the community’s interests were presented as a position paper to B.C. Hydro. The panel of IABC judges who evaluated the engagement program said, “The work was well designed and is likely to help build on the reputation that the City seeks in light of the guiding principles set out in the communication and engagement strategy: transparency, responsiveness, innovation and integrity.” – Advertisement -The City is embarking on a similar venture for its public consultation on the recently proposed boundary extension. Residents can provide feedback on a website, and participate in pubic open houses on the matter.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in his own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington).#1) Why do you want to be our State Representative? (submitted by Mary Kiesinger of Wilmington)I would like to be our next state representative for several reasons, however, I’ll just name a few. I love being in the people business. My life’s mission is and always has been helping people. Public service is in my blood.Holding the office of Massachusetts State Representative is an awesome responsibility. To be successful, a candidate must not only possess vast knowledge and experience, but also also he/she must be capable of continuously feeling the pulse of the people he/she is representing. Over the past 28 years that I have spent in the office of selectman, I have volunteered to help social and charitable organizations, and spent countless hours inside of and in front of the Wilmington Market Basket interacting with valued constituents. As the original owner of Michael’s Place Restaurant in Wilmington (which I opened in 1984 and sold in 2015), I donated tens of thousands of dollars to the various local charities, churches and sports teams, not to mention donating two pizzas every week for 30 years to the Wilmington Food Pantry.If you were to ask me to identify the two most critical attributes of an effective elected official, I would say without reservation that they are listening and compassion. My concerns for the needs and expectations of my constituents is the motivational fuel that energizes me on a daily basis.When the public is making their critical choice on who will best represent them, they should look for “differentiators”. So you may ask, “What makes Mike McCoy different from the rest of the pack?” When we think of politicians, frequently we conjure up an image of somebody who will try to be all things to all people. They sometimes exist to serve their own best interests and take care of their friends and those who funded their campaign. If you know me, you know that my sole allegiance is to my constituents. I have no i.o.u.’s to those who funded my campaign because my campaign is self-funded. Over the years I have made political enemies, which goes to show I’ve stood up for what I believe is right. Sometimes it is easier to go with the flow and side with “the connected few.” Sorry folks, that’s not my style. I will gladly go against the flow every day of the week if it benefits those residents of Tewksbury and Wilmington that I am proud to represent.When you are deciding who will be your next state representative, please consider my track record of leadership, caring and success.#2) Do you consider yourself a liberal, conservative or moderate? Please describe your political ideology. (submitted by Danielle Driscoll of Tewksbury)The short answer to your question is that I am a moderate democrat. The more considered response will take a bit longer. In America, we are blessed with a “representative” form of government. I take that quite literally. All too often elected officials represent their personal agenda and the agendas of their contributors and cronies. Why do Fortune 500 companies contribute millions of dollars to politicians every year? Certainly not to represent the best interests of the people who put them in office. It is sad, but all too often the system does not work as intended. If I am fortunate enough to earn your vote and get elected, I will represent your best interests. For 28 years I have self-funded all of my selectmen campaign elections. I have never once taken a single penny as a campaign donation from anyone leaving me free to cast votes from my own conscience and to cast my votes for the residents who voted me into my seat time and time again. My campaign for state representative will be no different. I will self-fund this campaign as well, once again leaving me free to vote on behalf of my constituents in Tewksbury and Wilmington. I am accountable to my constituency and the guy that I see every morning in the mirror. My beliefs and political ideology take a back seat to the issues and concerns of those good people who put me in office. The number one task on my job description is to REPRESENT the people of Tewksbury and Wilmington.In my 28 years as a Wilmington Selectman, the residents have come to know that I am at their beckon call 24/7. If elected, I pledge to maintain open access for my constituency. My game plan includes sponsoring regular Focus Groups for both residents and businesses. During these sessions we will aim to capture and prioritize those issues that represent the wishes and concerns of the voters of Tewksbury and Wilmington. Those issues and concerns will drive my agenda on Beacon Hill. It’s as simple as that.One more thought on my political ideology; in all of my 28 years as an elected member of the Wilmington Board of Selectman, I’ve learned political compromise. It doesn’t matter if you’re democrat, republican or independent. If someone has a better idea than you do, and it makes sense, why not embrace it? After all, we are trying to do what’s best for our citizens, and if our citizens benefit as a whole, that’s what it’s all about. Party affiliations do not define a candidate: principles, platform, experience, and track-record do. I will always vote for the person, not the party. On Election Day, Tuesday, September 4, 2018, I ask you to do the same.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email email@example.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? 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