Candidate: Ufuoma Odebala-Fregene

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Running for: St. Albert Council
Years resident in community: 10 years
Neighbourhood: Grandin
Age: 49
Family status: Married with 4 children
Education: Undergraduate degrees in law and business administration and a postdoctoral degree in law
Current Occupation: Social entrepreneur
Email: vote4ufuoma@gmail.com
Website:  www.ufuoma.org
FaceBook: www.facebook.com/voteforufuoma
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ufuomaof

Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
My primary motivation is to amplify the perspectives of the voiceless thereby enriching the dialogue and associated actions. The voiceless include those who are unable to express themselves for whatever reason such as the one in three residents reportedly thinking of or attempting to commit suicide in our community. Since the spring 2016 report to city council we are yet to receive an update. Also, to give voice to those who are groaning under the burden of tax increases. We need to cherish our small town values of compassion, collaboration and accountability.

Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
I am committed to personal and relational growth with an eye singled on the exemplar and Saviour Jesus Christ by refining and deepening the gift of divinity. I  am a social entrepreneur, a wife, mother of four, a friend and a neighbour. My formal education includes two undergraduate degrees: law and business administration; and also a post-graduate degree in law. As a collaborator my varied life experiences includes providing human rights advisory and compliance support in policy development and evaluation in the United Kingdom. My volunteer activities with the church and social justice communities spans international borders and includes community outreach.

Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
It is going to be difficult for the city to live up to its statutory purpose to develop and maintain a safe and viable community without putting its house in order. This must include addressing the burden of tax increases while confronting the challenges of tackling the service needs of the marginalized and vulnerable. Therefore, the most pressing issues includes how to get  city council to engage in respectful and collaborative dialogue amongst themselves and with their stakeholders on a range of issues including infrastructures and potential inter-municipal collaborative frameworks.

Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
Guided by principles of nurturing cooperative relationships that facilitates collaborative governance and accountability, my priorities include pursuing cost reduction, enhancing our economic development strategy as well as addressing our community safety and social consciousness challenges.

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