Annual Report May 2012 - May 2013
Name of Councillor: Dale Smith
Date Elected: 1974
Next Election date: 2016
Allowances: 2012 - 2013
Special Responsibility: None
Other Council related Remuneration: None
Positions held (May 2012 - May 2013):
Shipley Area Committee
Other meetings/bodies which I regularly attend:
LEA appointed Governor of the following schools:
Lister, Menston and Whetley Primary Schools, Immanuel College and Canterbury Nursery School
Co - Chairman of the Strategic Disability Partnership
Corporation Member of Bradford College; Governor Appleton Academy
Proliferation of meetings in connection with and arising from Council responsibilities
Shipley Glen Tramway Trustee - Chairman
Chairman Manor Coating Systems Ltd (formerly Shipley Paint Ltd)
Director Markport Ltd
Trustee and Director of Abbeyfield Ilkley
Member of various local organisations
My priorities for the past year (May 2012 - May 2013) were:
I had the immense privilege of being Lord Mayor of Bradford so normal meetings and commitments were put aside so I could concentrate upon the duties and responsibilities of the Civic Office.
With the support of my wife, Margaret, we resolved to have a busy and hopefully successful year, but you will be a better judge of that than I.
The Lord Mayor's Sprinkle Sunshine Appeal was intended to distribute funds far and wide across the District.
What I have achieved in the past year (May 2012 - May 2013):
Hopefully my tenure as Lord Mayor will be judged as successful and helping to enhance the reputation and potential of the Civic Office.
The Sprinkle Sunshine Appeal will have distributed £100,000 across the District to the Hungry, Needy and Vulnerable; towards helping Children and Young People and to promoting Health and Wellbeing, to fund Cancer Research and other Health awareness.
My priorities for the coming year (May 2013 - May 2014) will be:
To resume a more normal way of life, but accelerate my efforts to build a better and fairer society.
For the District to continue to really prosper and succeed - so called Taboos must continue to be challenged.
We must discuss and debate aspects like Rights and Responsibilities.
All British Citizens have the same Right and Responsibilities, mine are no different to those newly admitted and theirs are now no different to mine.
If you live in the District then by all means maintain and cherish your mother tongue and value your heritage but communicate in English and be willing to participate and add to what is now your community's vibrancy.
Treat women with respect as equals - I personally believe that women will be the salvation not only of the District but ultimately of the whole world.
Respect differences - we are all somewhere on the same continuum, either by chance or choice.
Those who suffer by chance or genuine misfortune absolutely deserve our wholehearted and unstinting support.
Those there by their choice or actions need first our understanding - and then positive encouragement to enable them to make more appropriate choices and attain self-fulfilment.
There is a real debate to be had around Choice and Consequences!
Health is a priority for us all, for example:
We must learn lessons about genetic diversity, to understand and minimise the impact of relationships upon health, families and the children yet to be born.
Do not smoke.
If you drink alcohol - then do so in moderation.
Do not abuse drugs - being stoned is senseless.
Exercise to help maintain a sense of wellbeing, both in mind and body - I will try to heed my own advice on this.
I have been delighted to have had invaluable support from the Strategic Disability Partnership - a relationship and responsibility that I particularly treasure and I hope that the Paralympics, and the forthcoming Special Olympics are the sign of a brightening Dawn in fully accepting People as People, whatever our differences and challenges. I hope I continue to enjoy the support of the Strategic Disability Partnership.
I have attended the following training sessions, seminars, briefings and conferences to develop skills and gain knowledge that will help me serve the people of the district:
Whilst I do attend occasional training seminars, meetings etc I have a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to learn. I have a habit of popping up unexpectedly across the District in my pursuit of networking. I continue to be disappointed if every day I do not learn that I have still more to learn and indeed I continually learn something daily.
Indeed I recognise that the answer I need to know is to the question I did not know to ask!