What’s your most valuable asset that you will bring to the role of Mayor?
The most valuable assets I bring to the position of mayor are my leadership skills, some innate and some learned.
While I have demonstrated leadership roles in both successful businesses and professional associations, I also have extensive experience in volunteer positions.
In my teens I was head boy, captain of one rugby team and coach for another, and captain of the swim team.
Later I became a director of the Alberta Squash Rackets Association, a volunteer Canadian Ski Patroller, and treasurer and president of Silver Springs Court Condominium Corporation.
I was president of the Canadian Hobie Cat Association and represented Canada in two world championships.
While treasurer and commodore of the Calgary Yacht Club finances improved, the membership grew and the club developed a strong junior program. I was elected president of the Alberta Sailing Association and Regatta Chairman of the Western Canada Intermediate Sailing Championships.
I led the team that developed and hosted the Annual Nancy Greene skill awards festival attracting over 350 athletes and coaches to Lake Louise.
I became president of Calgary’s National Alpine Training Centre and volunteered countless hours for the Lake Louise World Cup and the provincial teams who trained on the course.
The most important quality that I bring to my role as Mayor is the person I have evolved into through my life experiences (both the rewarding and challenging times). My values and beliefs system are what guide me. By this I mean my patterns of behavior, thought and ethics. This includes:
Honesty – in how I behave and interact with others
Intellectual capacity – in my ability to navigate through and retain large amounts of information
Confidence – I have a firm belief in my skills and abilities
Understanding – I am empathetic, courteous and unselfish
In regards to our community; I am:
-optimistic and enthusiastic about the future of this community
-ethical and I allow others to be heard
-a team player who believes in Accountability, Transparency, Respect, Engagement, Empowerment and Sustainability
-self-disciplined and intrinsic rewards are enough for me
-involved in numerous community building activities
-able to bring forward a historical perspective and knowledge based involvement with unbiased perspective
– respected by my regional colleagues and other levels of government.
These personality traits are part of my being; as a result of my life experience, my dedication of service to others and the path that life has taken me on.