Running for: St. Albert City Council
Years resident in community: 5 years
Neighbourhood: Forest Lawn
Family status: Married, two children
Education: PhD, International Development Studies
Current Occupation: Recreation Liaison
Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
St. Albert is a great city. We enjoy a high quality of life because we are caring, and are willing to give our time, energy and talents. It is this caring spirit – along with natural beauty – that drew my family and I to St. Albert. This is where our kids are growing up, where we do business, where we volunteer, and where we play. I am running for council because St. Albert is home, because I want to see the city grow in a way that continues to empower its citizens, and because I care about the city’s future.
Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office? Strong leadership is grounded in personal commitment to serving others, openness to new perspectives, and a clear vision of a brighter tomorrow. As a recreation liaison, I bridge individual and organizational differences in pursuit of a sector. As a teacher, I communicate new and sometimes challenging ideas to diverse audiences. As a director, I deliver high quality programs through efficient use of resources. As a volunteer, I help support and strengthen the community. As a husband and father, I care deeply about the future. As your councillor, I will work hard to ensure St. Albert remains a leading city.
Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large? St. Albert is one of the best places to live in Canada. Simply put, the most important issue for the community is to ensure that it continues to be one of the best places to live in Canada and that everyone who lives here is able to enjoy the best the city has to offer. More specifically, this means adopting a growth strategy that empowers citizens and business. It means advancing a leadership role within the region. It means maintaining high quality services, making smart investments, and reducing the city’s reliance on residential taxes to balance the budget.
Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
In the past year I have been reaching out further into the community to hear firsthand about the day-to-day efforts that make St. Albert a great place to live, as well as the challenges we encounter. Reflecting on these conversations my goals for the next four years are to:
• Ensure St. Albert is a great place to call home by making smart investments that contribute to a high quality of life for all in our community.
• Support business development and reduce our reliance on residential taxes.
• Position St. Albert as a regional leader in responsible, responsive and respectful governance.
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