Carlos Beals - Board of Police Commissioners
What influenced you to join a municipal committee?
I had decided to run as a candidate for Halifax Regional Council in the last election. While I was not successful this time around, I still wanted to get involved, contribute, and make an impact on my community. I decided that applying to sit on the Board of Police Commissioners would be a great way for me to do just that, allowing me to positively contribute to my city.
Do you volunteer with any other public committees?
I sat on two other boards and committees, in addition to the Board of Police Commissioners.
The first is the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Advisory Committee on Poverty, which brings together a diverse group of leaders from across the country to provide expert advice on poverty-related issues.
I also sit on the board of the Farrell Benevolent Society, a community organization based in Dartmouth North, dedicated to improving the quality of life in the community.
What are some of the benefits to volunteering for a municipal committee?
Sitting on a board or committee allows you to use your influence to positively shape your city. It allows you to bring the concerns and voices of those who are not typically heard from to the table. These are the same voices that are critical in building strong communities.
What advice would you give to a person thinking about volunteering on a public committee or board?
The main piece of advice that I would give is to not be discouraged. Thinking that you are not the type of person who would typically serve on a board or committee should definitely not stop you from applying. The fact that you want to participate and get a seat at the table is enough to make a positive impact. Also, do not be discouraged if you do not make it the first time around.
What are some of the lessons learnt about the municipality or your board that you would like to share with residents?
The main lesson that I have learned is the importance of gaining all the facts and information on an issue before making any decision or taking any action. The HRM is a diverse and complex community, and it is important to hear from all perspectives and to do your due diligence so as to facilitate decision making that best serves the needs of the community.
Are there any noteworthy civic initiatives, happening in the municipality that you’d like to share with residents?
Just to stay tuned for upcoming opportunities to have your say when the Board of Police Commissioners undertakes its future public engagements. We’re always looking for the public’s input.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I just want to encourage people from ALL walks of life to apply. Sitting on a HRM board or committee really is your chance to get a seat at the table, where you can then use your influence as a resident of the HRM to positively shape the community. Its your chance to bring the issues and concerns of those in your community to the decision-making process to make sure everyone’s voice is heard.