Thank you for your interest in learning more about me.
Why am I running?
I've lived in Calgary for 15 years. I was transferred here from Ontario by my then-employer and originally only had plans to stay two years. But I fell in love with this city and all that it offers - great people, opportunity, and of course the beautiful landscape. I bought a house, put down roots (as they say) and I can't imagine ever living anywhere else. Calgary is such a wonderful place to be, and I would like to lend my skills and experience to help others love this city as much as I do.
My experience in strategic business planning, leadership and community engagement would be an asset to City Hall and Ward 11. As a resident of Oakridge, I am running for Ward 11 Councillor because I believe Calgary needs fresh ideas and a strong plan to move us forward. I have had a lot of great opportunities come my way in the time I've lived here and I think serving on council is a great way to give back to the community. I have a strong work ethic, learn quickly and can focus on the big picture plan while getting the day to day tactical things done. I value the experiences and ideas others bring to a team. Problem solving is exciting!
I think we need to ditch the idea of partisan politics in municipal elections - it's important to make decisions based on the information available and if it's the right thing to do, at the right time. Government have become far too adversarial and it is getting in the way of getting things done. Everyone on council brings a unique perspective and expertise to the table, and by working together we will come up with better solutions and more effective results.
Calgary needs a strong vision. I firmly believe we can invest in our city and see a positive return on investment when we engage in thougthful planning and project management. I believe we can be profitable while also making sure we are supporting people - it doesn't have to be either/or.
Honesty is important to me - I think it is important that I keep my word, and I am truthful as well as transparent with those around me.
I also value kindness and respect. Sometimes in life, difficult decisions and conversations have to occur, and people are not always going to agree (where's the fun in that?) but even in those moments, we should engage with others in a kind, respectful way.
Optimism is also something I value - I am a positive person who looks to find the good in people and situations. I am always determined to find solutions to problems - because I believe there is one.
I care about people. I do what I can to help others, and I always try to make sure everyone has a voice.
My professional experience:
I have an extensive background working for multiple industries which gives me a diverse knowledge and understanding of the city and its challenges. As a senior leader in marketing, communications and community engagement, I have worked in commercial real estate, banking, the residential home building industry, hospitality as well as non-profit organizations. One of my career highlights was working at the Calgary Public Library for the opening of the much celebrated new Central Library. I have experience leading teams, business continuity planning, budgeting and project management. I have a demonstrated track record of building strong relationships, navigating change and delivering results.
My experience working with the residential home building industry has provided a unique perspective on how the City can cut red tape on inner city development, and also how to grow the city at a sustainable level. It is given me an appreciation for community engagement, and what we do well in Calgary, and what we could improve on. My roles in a number of not-for profits as well as in the hospitality industry have taught me how to do a lot with limited time and resources while still delivering effective results and services. I have also owned a small consulting company for the last 10 years, helping local small businesses tell their stories. All these roles have given me strong insight into how things work - which makes me unique compared to my competitors.
I know Calgary's economic health is at the top of everyone's minds right now. I understand many are facing financial challenges and in some cases, job loss. Having personally experienced similar challenges (including lay-offs) over the last few years, I can empathize with the lack of certainty in the job market and confidence in our economy right now. This will be a focus for me when elected.
What I do outside of work:
Volunteering is important to me. I think we need to give back where we can, however we can. I have been a Big Sister to an amazing young lady for the last five years with Big Brothers and Big Sisters Calgary. I currently sit on both the Heritage Calgary Board of Directors and on the National Board for the Canadian Transplant Association. In the past I have been actively involved with organizations like Momentum, Making Changes, The Kidney Foundation, IABC, Canadian Blood Services and Alberta Health Services. In 2012 I was recognized by Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 program for humanitarian efforts.
I enjoy hiking as well as walks by the reservoir and through Fish Creek park. I recently took up snowshoeing again after a 30-ish year break. In pre-COVID times I enjoyed going out for dinner at local restaurants or just getting together with friends in the community. Hopefully we can all do that again soon.
I am fortunate to live with my two wonderful rescue dogs, Cricket and Sonny. Both were adopted from ARF Alberta and they are a lot of fun to be around.
Other fun facts:
- I don't like French toast
- I grew up just outside of Toronto
- My mom taught kindergarten and my dad was a forklift salesman
- My stepdad is a retired fire captain
- I have been working since I was 14
- I was an anonymous kidney donor in 2011
- I enjoy swimming and biking but I am not very fast at either
- I accidentally once met Prince Charles
- My favourite movie is Braveheart
- I am a good cook but not a very good baker
- I lived in Lynnview for 6 years, just up the hill from new Ward 11 communities Riverbend and Quarry Park
- I have been reading since I was two
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