The Rev. Peggy Trendell-Jensen
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We can't change the world overnight - but there is always action we can take to improve our local communities! One of the most important steps is to educate ourselves about the issues and candidates, and then to get out and VOTE in our municipal elections.

We were happy to see that the Lynn Valley All Candidates meeting held on October 9 was full to overflowing with engaged citizens - and a healthy slate of candidates for mayor and council! But there is another opportunity to speak with the candidates  one-on-one, in a less formal way on Sunday, October 14. Candidates in the City and District of North Vancouver municipal election will be at a "meet and greet" at Lynn Valley Mall from 1 to 4 p.m. This opportunity has been made possible thanks to Miura Property Services, whose owner is also president of the Lynn Valley Lions and a longtime Lynn Valley volunteer. Please consider coming out to learn more about the people who want to shape this neighbourhood in the years to come!

Information about the election process, the candidates and the two non-binding referendum questions (about affordable housing expenditure and studying the potential amalgamation of the two North Vancouver municipalities) is available right here on the North Vancouver District website. Information about advance polling opportunities is especially important for those parishioners who will be away for the St. Clement's women's retreat on voting day!

Churches aren't meant to be partisan. Christians are, however, called to be political - that is, concerned with the welfare of the polis, which in ancient Greek meant the body of citizens or the city. It's up to all of us to use our vote wisely!