Exciting news – taking the leap!
I hope this message finds you well. The past 16 months have been challenging.
But I must say that in true Nova Scotian fashion, we rallied around our healthcare workers and other essential workers like grocery store clerks, and truck drivers. When we could, we supported our restaurants with take out, and when our friends and neighbours needed a hug, we turned to Zoom.
I am writing this class note today to let you know that a few months ago I became the PC candidate for the constituency of Bedford South in the upcoming election.
Since becoming the candidate, I have hit the ground running. On evenings and weekends, you can find me out and about in the community listening to the concerns of the people.
To tell you a little about me, I was a graduate of Dalhousie University in 2003 and I have been practicing in Halifax ever since. I valued my time as a student at Dalhousie so much that I became a part-time instructor for the university in 2009.
I am a wife, and proud mother of four.
I also believe in giving back to our communities. Lending a helping hand is second nature to me. I have volunteered with many local organizations like Souls Harbour, and Feed Nova Scotia to name a few. I have also volunteered in Africa a couple of times for dentistry and for building schools.
- As an MLA I would continue to be an advocate on issues such as:
Improving access to health and mental health care. I’m very proud of PC leader Tim Houston’s plan to make access to mental health services universal;
- A plan for long-term care to assist seniors. We saw the devastating impact the virus had on our long-term care facilities. We need to invest; and
- Increasing housing, including affordable housing, in our community. Young adults, and first time home buyers are trying to break into a market that is not feasible for so many. Halifax is currently experiencing a rent vacancy rate of less than 1%. We must act.
If you do not live in Bedford, but know someone who does, I ask that you share this information. The Legislature needs to be a place that represents all Nova Scotians, and as a woman who immigrated to Canada in 1991, I think I check two boxes that will help give a voice to many Nova Scotians.
Thank you for taking the time to read my class note.
I wish you a wonderful summer.
Dr. Sura Hadad