Natalie Joly was the first council candidate to announce her intention to run in the Oct. 16 municipal election. She said her love for St. Albert is what drove her to do it.
“I’m passionate about this city,” she said. “I like how important community is and how much value we put on the families that live here.”
She said she chose to raise her own family here because of the values this community exemplifies, and would hope to put her experiences to good use on behalf of residents.
Joly works as a photographer and as an outreach worker for the North Edmonton Seniors Association, connecting clients with the resources they need to stay at home safely.
She also has volunteer experience both within the city and without – she served on the now-defunct policing committee before it was disbanded in 2015 and currently serves as the vice-chair of the Community Services Advisory Board.
“That’s been a great experience, working with all the not-for-profits in the city,” she said.
As for priorities on council, Joly said she sees the issues as simple and straightforward.
“I’d like to see us go back to basics. Being accountable to the residents and to administration, for that matter,” she said. “Transparency goes along with that.”
She said she’s been concerned about the apparent heel-dragging on the internal auditor position, which could potentially have a big benefit for the city. She is also frustrated by the often-muddled communications the city has with residents.
But among the biggest priorities is ensuring council stays within its governance role while allowing city staff to run the day-to-day operations of the city.
“I think it’s not a good use of resources when we’re spending thousands of dollars and hours of time dealing with issues that are related to administration –little tiny details that council should not have to deal with,” she said.
Joly said she thinks she will be set apart from the pack of other candidates expected for the election by being open, respectful and communicative with residents.
“I’m going to listen to people and I’m going to be honest,” she said.