A Tribute to Dominic Mishio and the City of Leduc:
How to win an Election based on a Genuine Wealth Approach to Governance
“ The genuine wealth assessment for the City of Leduc is the document that guides our strategic plan. Our priorities are examined by their impact on our capital accounts…The genuine-wealth assessment has broadened the view of council to look at the impact of our decisions in many different ways in the community. Decisions are no longer viewed based just on their financial impact.”
— Dominic Mishio
Alderman and Deputy Mayor (2007-2013)
City of Leduc
Six Years of Genuine Wealth in Leduc (PDF copy of this paper)
Albertans are about to elect a new municipal council of mayor and counsellors on Monday October 21, 2013.
Over the last 7 years I have had the pleasure of being a mentor to my colleague and friend, Dominic Mishio, City of Leduc alderman and deputy mayor (2007-2013).
Dominic first met me at one of the famous Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Authority breakfast meetings in 2006, where he first learned about the Leduc Genuine Wealth (well-being) assessment I was leading for the City of Leduc. At that time Leduc had a population of 16,000 people; today Leduc has over 26,000 people.
Dominic was only 21 at the time I met him. He was so inspired by the Genuine Wealth project that he decided to run for Leduc City Council. He was elected in 2007 as the youngest elected official in Alberta at the age of 22, coming in third place overall amongst the aldermanic candidates. Dominic was also inspired by my quotation of Robert Kennedy who in 1968 critiqued the Gross National Product (now the GDP) as a measure of progress that failed to ‘measure that which makes life worthwhile’ while measuring all the money flows in the economy. Turns out Kennedy is Dominic’s political hero.
What was unique about Dominic’s political campaign is that he adopted a Genuine Wealth approach to his campaign. Using the results of the Genuine Wealth assessment I completed for the City of Leduc and Leduc County in 2006, Dominic went door to door asking people ‘what matters most to you and your quality of life?’ How can we improve the overall well-being of your life and our community? What are your dreams and aspirations for a better life?