CONTRIBUTION · 18th October 2011
My husband, Ian, and I moved to Kitimat 4 years ago as our 1st choice of a perfect retirement community. Since then our son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter have decided to move to Kitimat as well. We love the west coast living, affordable housing, excellent health care, friendly people, access to the ocean, fishing, skiing and other recreational opportunities. We’re happy to make Kitimat our home!
I offer residents of Kitimat a positive choice as a Councillor who will move forward with enthusiasm, objectivity, initiative, and accountability.
I offer experience, a sensible approach in resolving issues, and work cooperatively with others.
• During my first year on Council, I, along with a group of positive, progressive individuals, established the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation. We’ve raised over $15,000 in a few short months towards a new multi-level care facility.
• I strongly advocated re-establishing the Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities, in order for the people affected, to have a voice in making Kitimat accessible for all residents. A number of new handi-cap parking stalls have been added and we are addressing other areas of concern.
• I’ve promoted Kitimat as a tourism destination by attending the Edmonton Boat and Sportsmen’s Show in Edmonton, as well as written an article about Kitimat which was published in a national magazine ‘Our Canada’.
• I’ve promoted Kitimat as a great place to live for young people and for retirement, by providing tours of the area with other members of the Retire in Kitimat Task Force, and enticing our son and his young family to move to Kitimat.
I listen to concerns of the citizens.
• I strongly advocated for residents who expressed safety concerns for their children and the need for a crosswalk on Quatsino Boulevard. It’s now in place!
• I strongly advocated for revisions to the Snow Removal Bylaw to address concerns with the existing bylaw. It’s currently being revised!
• I’ve spoken with key individuals and promoted the need for another marina. This issue is ongoing, but not forgotten.
I understand Kitimat’s unique advantages and promise to promote diversified opportunities for continued growth and development.
I believe in a ‘healthy’ community which supports everyone of all age groups, so we maintain a good ‘healthy’ balance of job opportunities, educational opportunities, recreational opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and spiritual needs.
• In the past year on Council, I’ve worked with, and volunteered my time with the Retire in Kitimat Task Force, volunteered to establish the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation, volunteered at Bull-orama and volunteered with the Snowflake Seniors Centre to promote Kitimat as an Age Friendly Community.
I will promote sustainable, environmentally-healthy development by working cooperatively with others.
• As Deputy Mayor, I, along with a number of fellow Councillors had successful meetings with the Premier of B.C., the Leader of the Opposition and the Northern Health Authority to address issues being faced in Kitimat. Among those issues were the need for more multi-level care beds, and the need for the province to build and maintain an industrial corridor road to open additional industrial opportunities on the west side of Douglas Channel.
Relevant Experience and Proven Abilities:
• Councillor, District of Kitimat since December, 2010.
• Former Local Government experience, elected & administrative roles - 21 years.
• Senior Economic Development Officer – Northern Alberta Development Council – 7 years
• President of the ‘Kitimat General Hospital Foundation’, Secretary to the ‘Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities’, member of the ‘Retire in Kitimat’ Task Force, Kitimat Health Advocacy Group, Kitimat Literacy Program, and alternate member on the District of Kitimat Advisory Planning Commission, Northwest Corridor Development Corporation, Northern Development Initiative Trust, and Kitimat Interagency Committee.
• Certified Local Government Manager (CLGM)
Society of Local Government Managers (professional designation)
• Senior Executive Fellow with Distinction – University of Alberta, Government Studies Program