Twenty-three candidates sat in the front row of a standing room-only crowd at the Maple Bay Fire Hall.
Maple Bay Community Association’s Scott McIvor reached into his upside-down orange fez to draw the name of the first candidate to give their two-minute campaign speech.
Of course I was first.
I had spent the day nervous. In one moment I’d be rational, remembering that it was only two minutes, my speech was rehearsed, and it had been workshopped by amazing people so I knew it was good. In the next moment I would be overcome with a wave of adrenaline that made me feel like running a marathon in world-record time.
That I was first to speak was a blessing. If I’d have had to sit there in anticipation watching Scott pull out name after name, I’d likely have been in the middle of one of those adrenaline rushes when my name was called. I’d have had to bust out 20 jumping jacks on my way to the podium to calm down (campaign tip: jumping jacks don’t instil confidence in the electorate).
Instead, I strode up to the lectern and delivered my speech as best I could in front of the best possible crowd for a first-timer: my friends and neighbours. I knew at least a 1/3 of the room. Every time I looked up from my notes, I’d see a friend. It was hard not to see them wearing these….
Here’s my speech for those who missed it. It’s blurry, so if you want to see the clearer version, come to the next all candidates’ meeting in Chemainus on November 4th.