Running for: Sturgeon County Councillor
Years resident in community: 43
Family status: Married
Education: NAIT – Marketing Admin, U of A Business Diploma
Occupation: Financial planner
Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
My primary reason for seeking re-election is to have an active role in shaping the future of our great county. Being on Council has provided me with the opportunity to contribute to good governance that is focused on the needs of our citizens while being respectful of the resources available. Over my first term, your council has achieved much in regard to community enhancements, inter-municipal relations and has put forward an aggressive plan to address many infrastructure needs, including roads,
drainage issues and water lines and I am proud to be a part of this team.
Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
My 25 years in the transportation industry brings an understanding of project timing and the importance of good customer service. And by adding another 20 years in the financial business, I have the skill needed to comprehend the fiscal responsibilities of the county and how to determine priorities in a changing environment.
These skills help me to get up to speed quickly on issues and to fully understand the implications of our decisions, in particular to how they affect our citizens. My volunteer roles on several boards, plus my volunteering for numerous events and societies, including The Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta, where today I visit two hospitals with our collie, Charlie, has taught me a lot about relationships, networking and how to listen to the concerns of others and to try to see things from their various perspectives.
Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community at large?
Every county our size would say that roads are the number one issue facing them on an annual basis, and of course roads are Sturgeon’s biggest infrastructure concern as well. But I believe that the planning of how we are going to grow into the future is of significant importance to our community. With the new provincial regulation that will require Sturgeon County to enter into Inter-municipal Collaboration Frameworks (ICFs) with all municipalities that we share boundaries with, this vision of future growth will, in my view, become an extreme high priority to the residents of Sturgeon County.
Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
Back in 2013, concerned residents expressed two major issues that they wanted addressed, the safety of the highway intersection of 825/37/15 and the delayed paving of RR 241 and TWP 552. Immediately after being elected, with Mayor Tom Flynn and county council’s support we advocated together with many stakeholders to Alberta Transportation to include an upgrade to 825/37/15 in their immediate improvement plans. This resulted in the planning and tendering of the reconstruction of this intersection starting this fall. And with regard to the delayed paving of 241 and 552, this county project should be completed by the end of October this year. As for future specific goals, I will continue to advocate for enhanced fire protection, more bylaw enforcement and safer roads.
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