Monday, 26 May 2008

Treasurer, Kathryn Herbert

I am thrilled to announce that Kathryn Herbert has stepped forward to run for the position of Treasurer of the Green Party of Nova Scotia. With well over a decade of financial and accounting background, Kathryn has real experience to offer to the position. In addition to her work, she also has years of volunteer experience in community organizations in Halifax Regional Municipality.
Kathryn Herbert picPlease accept this letter as my intent to seek the executive position of Treasurer.

I have been looking for a way to become engaged in the political process and when I was asked to consider letting my name stand for the treasurer position I was excited.

At present I am the finance officer at the Black Educators Association. I spend my time working with budgets and doing all the checks and balance that go along with this role however my interest in finances goes beyond the obvious. Money was initially created to make life easier for us, money is not part of the natural world and it only has the meaning that we give it. We don’t have to look far to see money being valued more than human life and more than the natural world. Money is used to divide, dominate, separate and control each other. I believe that our thinking about money has created many of the major issues that we face today. We live in a world where scarcity is the driving force behind our institutions and our personal lives. As a society we believe that there is not enough and that if we have more it is better. To top it off we also believe that is just the way it is.

It is my belief that to truly make lasting change and to create a province in which we are Ecologically wise, have a sustainable economy and where each citizen has the opportunity to live their potential then we must shift our belief about money. When we shift our belief from scarcity to sufficiency then we can make wise decisions about the future. Sufficiency is not measured by an amount, but is a knowledge that there is enough. Sufficiency is a discipline through which we can make effective choices regarding allocation of resources. Take poverty for an example. We are attached to the idea that there are haves and have-nots so when we shift or thinking to sufficiency we see that we are all haves, and that our assets are diverse and that all needs can ultimately be met. It is by working together as equal partners that we can create wholeness and sufficiency for everyone.

I believe I can best serve my community and my province through involvement with the Green Party of Nova Scotia.

Yours truly,

Kathryn Herbert

Thank you Kathryn for offering your services in this role. I look forward to working with you to keep us on solid financial footing, and to exploring a healthy relationship with money for our party!