Running for: St. Albert City Council
Years resident in community: four years
Family status: Parent of four adult children
Education: LLB (law degree)
Current Occupation: Retired (former business owner, lawyer)
Q: What was your primary motivation to seek elected office?
Working as a litigation lawyer and small-business owner, I dealt with conflict resolution throughout my career (more than thirty years). I have been very happy living in St. Albert and was concerned to hear about some of the adversarial interactions on city council. This includes some issues addressed in the 2017 Report on the Inspection of the City of St. Albert, prepared for the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
At my current stage in life, I have the time to dedicate to this undertaking. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community in a positive and meaningful way.
Q: What skills and experiences have prepared you for this office?
As a litigation lawyer with the City of Edmonton, I dealt with hundreds of conflicts involving the Municipal Government Act, Planning Act and Land Use Bylaw. These included trials and civil enforcement applications in Court of Queen’s Bench and provincial court as well as dealing one-on-one with members of the public who found themselves in conflict with the city’s enforcement apparatus.
As a small business owner for 28 years, the challenges of running a successful small business are near and dear to my heart. This includes the impact of government on running a business and the importance of minimizing red tape.
Q: What do you think are the most important issues to the community?
Public safety and quality of life are crucial to a community’s sense of well-being. This includes education, transportation, quality recreation opportunities, green spaces and promoting environmentally responsible policies.
I believe that city council members are elected to serve the best interests of the city and its residents. They must perform that duty in an informed, responsible, collaborative and business-like manner.
There are major issues on the immediate horizon with the plebiscite on some (new branch library, aquatics facility and ice rink arena) of the capital projects in the 10-year Growth Municipal Capital Plan.
Q: What specific goals will you work to achieve if elected?
My objectives, if elected, will be to develop a spirit of healthy collaboration with my fellow councillors and to do my best to become fully informed on the key issues affecting the city and its residents. I expect to be liaising with the city administration to help make properly informed decisions and getting input from our residents. Determining the pros and cons around the issues will be an immediate priority.
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