Golden is my home, I feel a deep emotional connection to this community. The love of this place I call home has led me on a journey of putting down the roots of raising my family here, cementing friendships that will last a lifetime, and making connections to people and place, that, having been raised in big city Calgary, I never truly understood were possible. The frequency of our interactions in a community this size bonds us, makes us stronger in our commonly held beliefs, hopes and dreams for our collective home.
My hopes and dreams for this home we share are of resourcefulness, explored potential, opportunity, innovation, progress and vision. A community that provides the highest standards and quality of life to retain existing citizens, attract new ones and, though they must leave us for higher education, a quality of life that has our youth inspired to return after they have gained the skills and experiences that will carry us into the future.
As a Rotarian I live by our motto “Service above Self”. As a lifelong learner, I value and seek to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills to be a better person, parent, citizen and leader. Recently I have undertaken the Simon Fraser University Community Economic Development course as well as the Franklin Covey Institute’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
Participating in the Community Coordination project, I experienced the 4 C’s model of building partnerships; Critical thinking and problem solving; Communication; Collaboration; Creativity and innovation. The 4 C’s and the 7 Habits are complimentary to each other and I use them daily to ensure the work I do in my life makes me an effective citizen, is productive, and has meaning.
I attended my first council meeting September 6th 2011. I was hooked, I loved seeing the decision making process in action, loved learning about topics and issues I previously had no exposure to. I made a commitment to attend every meeting I could and have missed fewer that 10 of the 83 regular open and special open council meetings since that date.
I sincerely appreciate every conversation I have in the community. They solidify my reason for running in this election; to serve the hard working citizens of Golden. I seek to earn your trust and respect, so I have the opportunity to get involved in a new way of giving back, as a Town Councillor.