Candidate: Rebecca Balanko

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Running for: Morinville Town Council
Years resident in community: 15 years
Neighbourhood: Notre Dame
Age: 45
Family status: Married, 3 children
Education: MacEwan University, voluntary sector management
Occupation: Emotional wellness facilitator
Email: Rebecca.Balanko@shaw.ca
Website: Rebeccaforcouncil.weebly.com
FaceBook:https://www.facebook.com/groups/192981090389728/
Phone: 780-245-0821

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
At the age of thirteen, I knew political service was important and told my parents I had a dream to serve in this way. In my fifteen years in this community I have planted significant roots, in both my career and voluntary service. I love our town, our community and felt serving on council would allow that passion to work at a higher level.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
I have an extensive background in policy, governance, and non profit management. I have lead large scale disaster responses and I am comfortable in both working and understanding legislation. I have many years of training and hands on experience in voluntary and non profit sectors. For the last six years, I held the position of community resources coordinator for Sturgeon School Division. I am an educator, an advocate and a go-to person for resources.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
In general terms, the area of fund development and fiscal responsibility would be first. Secondly, youth engagement and empowerment. I believe there is a real need to involve kids in politics. We need to let them on the stage, not just in the audience. Lastly, community engagement with strong leadership and commitments to the town I serve. We are growing at a rapid rate and our current council has done an excellent job navigating this significant growth. We need to continue the planning for supports and infrastructure.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
Should I be elected my goals would include a visible community presence, engagement and fair representation. I would make it my priority to inform and educate Morinville citizens, while continuing the transparency our current council has modelled masterfully. I also believe there is significance in defining the thinking versus the knowing. What I think citizens want but actually knowing what they want are two different things. It is the reason I feel a strong community presence is vital in Morinville.

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