Former school board trustee running for council

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A school board veteran is running for a seat on St. Albert city council.Jacquie Hansen is the executive director of the Alberta School Councils’ Association, which represents the voice of parents in education at the provincial level. She wants to bring her board experience to municipal politics.

“I think I could bring a new set of eyes to quality leadership and governance,” Hansen said.

The 53-year-old spent 12 years as a school board trustee for Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools as a chair and vice-chair. She also served as the vice-president and president of the Alberta School Board Association and vice-president of the Canadian School Boards Association.

Having worked in the community for many years Hansen said she feels in tune with the different perspectives and opinions held by the people in St. Albert.

Hansen also worked for the City of St. Albert doing government relations for one year from 2014-2015.

The mother of four wants to see the city focus on innovation and forward thinking. She wants to see decisions made while thinking “20, 30 or 40 years into the future.”

“I really believe governance is not about staying still and status quo,” Hansen said.

Another issue on Hansen’s radar is diversity of housing in St. Albert.

“There could be a reluctance to move here because of lack of diversity in housing. We need to be bringing back that 20- to 30-year-old demographic and ensuring that they have good housing available to them,” Hansen said.

The Deer Ridge resident said she has a passion for mental health advocacy.

Hansen, who has lived in the city for 21 years, wants to see business and innovation invited into the city along with a focus on regional collaboration.

Hansen is running for one of six spots on city council. Other candidates seeking election are Sandyne Beach-McCutcheon, Al Bohachyk, Wes Brodhead, Craig Cameron, Jacy Eberlein, Jacquie Hansen, Natalie Joly, Ken MacKay, Ufuoma Odebala-Fregene, Hannes Rudolph, Bob Russell and Jaye Walter.

Current councillors Cathy Heron and Cam MacKay have launched campaigns to run for mayor.

Nomination day is Sept. 18. The municipal election is Oct. 16.

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.