If I were mayor… Marni Flaherty, CEO, Today’s Family


October 3, 2018 · Todays Family ·

If I were mayor… Marni Flaherty, CEO, Today’s Family

If only it were true.

No, Today’s Family CEO, Marni Flaherty, isn’t running for Mayor of the City of Hamilton in the upcoming municipal elections but if she were, her platform has been published.


And in The Hamilton Spectator, no less.

The popular paper – which boasts a weekday readership of 283,000 – is asking the city’s champions to speak to the issues that matter most to them. When asked, Marni introduced as “the CEO of Today’s Family, a non-profit, charitable agency providing care for more than 4,000 children in Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and surrounding areas” had this to say:

If I were Mayor, I would work to make Hamilton the best place to raise a child. Why? Because transforming the city into a space that allows our children to flourish makes it a better place for everyone. I would ensure that all municipal and public buildings and facilities were used to their capacity to serve people in every neighbourhood. Recreation centres, libraries, swimming pools and even schools should be “community hubs,” offering enriching programs and services for everyone from babies to seniors. I would support community-governed child care to ensure that our children grow and thrive in a great city.

The response was swift and highly supportive of such a position.

The phone rang off the hook. Laughter could be heard wherever Marni went as she responded to calls and email clicks from Hamiltonians encouraging her to consider a last-minute run for Hamilton’s top job.

One local resident wrote, “Madame Mayor; I would vote for you. Moreover, I would serve you faithfully in the pursuit of making this a great city in which to raise a child. I would be honoured if you were my City’s head… and, more importantly, its heart. Where do I vote?!”

He wasn’t joking.

But our humble head of state was laughing when she commented on the city’s chain of office that was photoshopped onto her photo in the print edition: “They were heavy, rusty and needed a good polish. I’m busy; I don’t have time for that!”

Take the time to share the article with friends and colleagues and dream of a day when a mayor’s highest calling is to our smallest citizens: https://www.thespec.com/news-story/8938526-if-i-were-mayor-/


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