MLA report February 8

Chestermere – Strathmore readers…

Thank you for everything you have done for each other for the last 2 years.  From our first responders, to our nurses, and doctors, our small businesses, to our truckers, teachers, families, friends, organizations, non-profits, farmers, ranchers, agri-food workers, those who work to build our communities, and those who question the decisions to advocate for change. 

To all of you, I hope you all understand how incredible it has been for me to work on your behalf and advocate for our beautiful constituency. This last week has been one that has taught me so much, with deep humility, and with the desire to approach the decisions that will be made with humanity. 

I am proud to have advocated for the many voices from all sides of this discussion to our leadership team regarding mandates, protocols and the needed understanding of dealing with COVID, living with it, and more importantly putting our communities and our families back together after 2 years of frustration, confusion, anger, sadness, loss, exhaustion, and division.

We have all been impacted in so many ways, and I want you to know, that as we balance our healthcare system, the cases of COVID along with surgeries and other care and we try to come out of the REP, it is only possible because of who you are and your deep care and love for one another.  Thank you for getting your vaccinations, or for going to get tested in order to protect yourselves and those around you. 

The Omicron variant is highly transmissible in all people whether one is vaccinated or not.  Vaccinations have shown that our outcomes are better in terms of recovering from covid, and the mildness of our infections and that is truly amazing.  I will always be grateful that vaccines were available to us. 

Protocols were put into place to help with reducing transmission, but now we know how to work with this virus that is not leaving us anytime soon. It is time to put our communities and our families back together.  It is time to make sure our kids can play sports, attend camp and music lessons, and not be left behind because of their vaccination status.  It is time for us to be together regardless of our choices and begin to rebuild trust and friendship.

I will work everyday to bring your voices to those who are in the positions of making these decisions, and I am so proud of our communities for the kindness and compassion they have demonstrated.  There will be many days ahead of us that will be frustrating and liberating. 

There will be questions around the effectiveness of protocols, and mandates and we will be discussing these decisions for a long time.  I hope that we can lead with love, and that we can treat each other with kindness and respect, because I don’t know about you, but I am optimistic about our future.  

As always, we love to hear from you.

About the author

Leela Aheer

Leela Aheer

Leela Aheer was elected to the Alberta Legislature in the riding of Chestermere-Rocky View. She currently resides in Chestermere and looks forward to using her roots in the community along with her experience in business, and her passion for her community to effectively advocate for her constituents in the Alberta Legislature.

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