“Every woman in public life needs to develop skin as tough as rhinoceros hide.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
The first thing most people say to me when I tell them I’m thinking about running for council is, “You’ll need thick skin.” We, the hoi polloi, are quick to judge our public servants and not afraid to shout about it, to their face, at the grocery store, in front of their loved ones.
There was no confetti falling on a convertible car with our newly elected mayor sitting in the back, waving at the cheering crowds, along North Cowichan’s main drag. But today’s eagerly anticipated (at least by me) municipal council swearing-in ceremony did start with a parade, if only a small one. (more…)