Candidate: Jacquie Hansen

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Running for: St. Albert City Council
Years resident in community: 22 years
Neighbourhood: Deer Ridge
Age: 53
Family status: Married
Current Occupation: Executive director in provincial education
Email: jacquiehansen10@gmail.com
Website: www.hansenstalbert.com
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/hansenstalbert
Twitter: www.twitter.com/jaquiehansen

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
My motivation to run for city council may sound cliché, but I care deeply about our city and I care deeply about the quality of leadership. The 2017 election has provided the opportunity for significant change in our city’s leadership. Different faces, different leadership style, new perspective. I have served in the public realm before and I believe that with my board experience and work with government, locally, regionally and provincially, that residents will see my candidacy as positive change for the City of St. Albert.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
My experience in board and governance work has prepared me for this office. I served 4 terms on St. Albert’s Catholic School Board and on other education boards both regionally/provincially. During this time, I was elected president and chair of the Alberta School Boards Association, representing all publicly funded school boards in Alberta. Further, I was elected to a national board, appointed to a regional board and volunteered at a number of local boards and committees in St. Albert. I have made important connections, worked with media, grown my leadership skills and gained knowledge about many issues. Currently, I am executive director of a provincial organization.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Residents love St. Albert and are very proud of the way our city is cared for. They want a safe community that provides a great quality of life. However, there are definitely important issues that are top of mind including: quality leadership, supports for seniors, twinning of Ray Gibbon Drive, lack of affordable housing and lack of options in housing, transit/park and ride, protection of our green space and incentives to welcome new business’, particularly light industrial and technology. There are concerns about lack of day care, limited resources and or supports for mental health, youth counselling, families fleeing domestic abuse and homelessness.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
My goals include:
– Strong governance and leadership, including a strong working relationship with the city manager.
– Ensuring St. Albert remains well positioned in the Capital Region.
– Continued advocacy for twinning Ray Gibbon Drive, economic development and social supports for our residents, particularly seniors and youth.
– Careful consideration of the results of the plebiscite questions and using this time as an opportunity to generate creativity around funding capital projects.
In a changing world, status quo is not an option. St. Albert’s council will be responsive, collaborative, nimble and focused. I respectfully ask for your vote on Oct. 16.

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