Dear friends & neighbors,
My name is Sara Giannoni, and I was recently elected as your ward 3 city councilor. As an Old North End resident for the last 10 years, I’ve heard many fellow residents voice the same concerns and experiences that I have, including the need for improved communication with city, affordability, safety, and community building. Looking for an opportunity to engage in community service, I came to Burlington to serve as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with the Burlington Neighborhood Project, where I acted as a liaison between low-income residents’ groups and city government, and have gone on to continue to serve in other capacities and support people who are struggling. My work with the Wards 2 & 3 Neighborhood Planning Assembly, the COTS Family Shelter, Burlington Lead Program, Mercy Connections, Burlington Restorative Justice Program, and the ONE Neighborhood Safety Team have all brought me closer to this vibrant community and allowed me the gift of getting to know the triumphs and challenges we share.
Last year I completed my Masters Degree in Mediation and Conflict Studies through Champlain College which deepened my desire to look at issues from many different perspectives, and bring together what can seem like opposing ideas to best meet the needs of all involved. I think it is vital to understand where people are coming and what the barriers are to reaching our goals.
Thank you for electing me as your city councilor, and I’m honored to represent you.