Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017 06:00 am
General contractor/Own and operate Banff Home Wise Renovations Ltd
Past employment experience:
-self employed for 25 years
- journeyman electrician/red seal
Volunteer, community or committee/board experience:
-Board of director formerBanff Small Business Association
- community member Mineral Springs Hospital Board
-community member Banff poet laureate committee
-past member of Canmore Artists and Artisan Guild
-community member Banff mentor program
-former member Banff Fire Department
-former public member Banff Development Appeal Board
-past member of Banff Advisory board and did some work on Banff's Community Plan
-Councillor Town of Banff (2013 - 2017)
-council member Bow Valley Waste Management Commission
-council member Municipal Planning Commission
-council member of Assessment Review Board for tax appeals
-Member of Alberta Urban Municipalities education committee encouraging women to participate in municipal politics
How long have you lived in the community:
Forty plus years
Why are you running for public office:
I have an ongoing interest in the well being of our community where I have learned a lot, "did some growing up", married, raised my family, forged strong friendships, am "making a living" and have been helped by many "in word and deed".
What qualities or characteristics would you bring to public office:
Many I hope; but for sure: experience, engagement and accessibility.
What issues are important to you as a candidate:
All issues that come to me are important and continuing on that note the most important factor is that we have a robust electorate that pose questions and offer solutions with the expectation that they will be heard and thus raised in council by me as an elected representative.
- I have an immediate desire to seek greater understanding of our "capacity" concerns in housing development, visitation, traffic and parking: to inform and gather more information from and for the electorate on these issues.
-I have a growing interest in diversifying our tourism reach; particularly in the fields of education and health care. To be more specific there is active work being done to develop a school for the hospitality industry; what could do more for our industry to provide and maintain a high quality of service?
Also there have been strong steps taken to develop a particular sector of our health care service industry.
I believe these strong incentives need community support.
- I have an abiding passion to do more locally to help our most vulnerable citizens who can no longer care for themselves and I have some ideas how we can help.
What is the greatest challenge facing elected officials in the community when it comes to planning for the future of the community:
-We are a diverse community which is a tremendous asset but that characteristic makes disseminating information a major task and consensus building even more of a feat. A pertinent example is our summer concerns over fire threats; how many citizens feel that they were well informed?
-We are able to solve a world class problem at a local level. Our boundary is finite as is our globe; how do we maintain a sustainable life style while remaining inside our "Banff Bubble"?
-How do we continue to strive to put ourselves in, and maintain our status as a special community with a progressive attitude while still having Banff as "the place we choose to live"?
How can people find out more about you or ask you questions:
-contact me via e mail
-join me on my coffee talks prior to election
check out facebook
-catch me on the street