Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 06:00 am
I work as a guide at Mt Norquay's Via Ferrata.
Past employment experience:
I've worked with pen, chainsaw, and clock; as a writer, arborist's gopher and Crossfit coach.
I was a stay at home mom and homemaker, and once was a professional climber.
I've worked part time at an art gallery and teaching English as a second language.
Going further back:
I've managed bagel bakeries and housekeeping departments in very fancy ski lodges.
I was assistant manager and ski buyer at Black Diamond Equipment Ltd's outdoor retail store.
I created and managed Black Diamond Equipment Ltd's ice demonstration program.
Volunteer, community or committee/board experience:
Current Vice President, Mountain Haven Cooperative Homes.
In the past I have volunteered for the Alpenglow community school, Canmore Community garden, and Canmore's Visioning committee.
How long have you lived in the community:
Why are you running for public office:
I've said before that a conversation with the Mayor motivated me. He mentioned the knowledge and passion needed for council, and our conversation was frustrating. It was about what I see as a gap between affordable housing as council's number one priority and the actions/non-actions of council.
I've worked a lot on the affordable housing issue from a very specific perspective. I have concerns about the financial underpinnings of Canmore's current affordable housing model as well I am concerned that the focus is not actually on people and their needs—the base of a strong town—but instead on the interests of the development industry.
Canmore could be a model community, a leader in creative and enlightened infrastructure supporting active, outdoor lifestyles, environmental conservation/stewardship and a renewable economy.
Documents like Mining the Future, describe Canmore's vision and I don't think the current council has done enough to hold the vision.
What qualities or characteristics would you bring to public office:
Authenticity. Honesty. Questions. Gumption.
I like to know, "What is your pie in the sky?"
And, "What if I like peach pie and you like tourtiere?"
I'm tired of no. I want to be the rallying cry of, "Where is the yes?"
I am known as Kim Possible by my friends and colleagues.
What issues are important to you as a candidate:
Accountability. Green space. Wildlife. Fire and flood resilience.
Encouraging clean/knowledge-based business/industry. Affordable housing options with solid financial underpinnings meant to support a diverse and robust economy.
What is the greatest challenge facing elected officials in the community when it comes to planning for the future of the community:
Finding alignment and building common ground all the while holding firm to the town's vision. In discussing ideas people often become polarized. People believe they have to be critical. This usually leads to "no" and shuts down dialogue. I want to understand the polarities of any situation and look for the yes.
How can people find out more about you or ask you questions: