As a 46-year resident of Golden, I have had the opportunity to work and learn with many great people in business, non-profits, and government. My deepest values are of cooperation and collaboration across governments, businesses and organizations. I am eager to commit to another four years of service to my community, as a Councillor, so that Golden will be more inclusive and stronger in 2018 with respect to economic, social and environmental indicators.
My commitment to a high quality of life for all of our citizens has provided me with broad experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. As the Executive Director of Golden Community Resources Society (GCRS), I administer and manage a collection of programs including early learning, licenced child care, family support, employment and training, victim services, youth services, seniors housing, and critical community development projects.
GCRS’s recent successful initiatives include the addition of eight independent seniors’ rental housing units to our Mountain View facility and the opening of an integrated Early Years Centre in the downtown area. In the near future, acting as the administrative partner, we will realize the construction of a child care facility at Alexander Park Elementary School and the development of an inclusive community collaboration model that aligns with, and supports, the fundamentals of community economic development.
My governance and community service experience include two years as a Town Councillor and twelve years as a School Trustee. I served on the boards of the Golden Women’s Centre, Columbia Valley Credit Union, Kicking Horse Culture and the Chamber of Commerce. I was an inaugural member of the CBT Social Sector Steering Committee, am a current member of the CBT Social Sector Grant Adjudication Committee and on the Vital Signs Project Team, examining and improving “Work” indicators in the community.
In my first term as a Councillor, I was on the Town’s Economic Development Services Vision Committee, the Age Friendly Community Plan Task Force, the Finance Standing Committee and Council liaison to the Early Learning and Care Stakeholder Action Group. I want to see these resolutions, plans and projects implemented and evaluated in the next Council term.
For five generations, my family has been enriched by the people and the natural wonders of this amazing community. If re-elected as a Councillor, I will have the ability to continue to serve residents by listening, collaborating and building an inclusive and prosperous community.