My name is Jillian Merrick, and I am running for Prince George City Council in 2014
General voting day is November 15th, 2014. Mark it on your calendars! Even if you don’t plan to vote for me, be sure to hit the polls. It’s your voice. It’s your choice. Advance voting opportunities will also be held on November 5th, 12th and 13th. Visit princegeorge.ca for more details.
Who am I?
I came to Prince George for the very first time in 2002 to begin my undergraduate degree at UNBC. I had never been to Prince George before. To a small town, south coast girl, Prince George was like a foreign country: fast, vast, and new.
After completing my first year of studies, I planned to return to my coastal hamlet hometown to live with my parents and sling coffee to save up for the next semester. I loaded my car with all my worldly possessions, which wasn’t much as I had spent the last eight months living out of a UNBC dorm room, and traveled the 800+ kilometres back home to Halfmoon Bay. When I arrived, I received a life-changing phone call. One of my professors was offering me a summer internship in Prince George. I didn’t even unpack. I just turned the car around and drove back north. It’s been almost twelve years since that day, and I’ve never looked back.
Now Prince George is home to me. In the time that I’ve been here, I’ve received an invaluable educational experience, worked in many diverse and rewarding jobs, become involved in some powerful community organizations, and learned to love and appreciate the northern landscape and its people. Things don’t seem so vast or fast anymore, but Prince George will always have something new to explore. Prince George has offered me loving relationships, opportunities for personal growth, financial security, creative exploration, and a sense of identity. It’s rare that one place can bring all these things together, but Prince George did for me, and for that I am grateful. Giving back is easy, because it’s what I love, but I’d like to take it to the next level.
My decision to run for City Council is based on my passion for community and my desire to empower those around me. The opportunity to access a large network of leaders and community organizers and to work with a team of dedicated and highly knowledgable staff and volunteers is exciting and personally motivating.
I love working with real people and complex challenges. I like affecting change. I like getting creative. I study numbers, but my real strength is in relationships. I am committed to long-term community visions and inspiring civic engagement.