Born in Chatham Ontario I joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1974 after my graduation. I retired as a Warrant Officer after 25 yrs of service and moved to Legal in 1997. I went on to work for the AB Government in Wildfire Management and retired after 13 yrs. I have spent my volunteer time in Legal in numerous clubs and organizations where my leadership skills have proven to be an asset to the executive committees and the community.
I believe the Town council must be responsible to the community members and as such their interest should be to fulfill it's mandate by being economically accountable while being progressive to the needs of the community. I believe in transparency to all, so the community knows what we are doing and why. I see the need for additional affordable housing, a doctor and other business opportunities that will enhance our town.
I will lobby the Provincial Government to stand by our RCMP policing and NOT move to a Provincial Police Force as this would put unnecessary taxation on to residents. We must continue to expand the opportunity to work in an efficient manner with our neighboring communities to assist each other through ICF's, (Intermunicipal Collaboration Frameworks) and the IDP's (Intermunicipal Development Plan). I promise to remain committed to our residents and the betterment of our community as a whole.
QUESTION 1: What motivated you to put your name forward for public service?
I have spent my entire adult life in service. While in the Canadian Forces I was actively involved in community activities including messing committees, recreation associations, coaching teams and organizing ball leagues. The Military leadership training inspires you to take charge and be actively involved in everything you do.
When I moved to Legal it was just the next chapter in my life.
I was introduced to community members who asked me to get involved in various organizations in town, the Curling Club, Fete Au Village, and Legal Lions. All these groups were dedicated to enhancing our community and providing support to programs and events.
I spent 23 + years helping out in our community and when I retired from the Gov. of AB I decided that it was time to commit to the betterment of our community by running for Town Council. I believe there is no better way to support everyone than giving our talent, leadership and commitment to the residents of our community. I am proud to have served with a fantastic group of council members for the past 4 years and look forward to serve you for the next term of office.
QUESTION 2: What is your experience with Governance Boards?
I have had extensive experience on numerous boards throughout my lifetime. In my time in Legal I have been Secretary, Treasurer, and President of every group I have been a member of.
While on Town Council in the past 4 years I have represented the Towns interest at the Edmonton Salutes Committee, Legal & District Chamber of Commerce, and Roseridge Management Services as an Alternate member.
QUESTION 3: How familiar are you with the roles and responsibilities of Council?
Every member of the Town Council has to have a certain amount of dedication to the job of councillor. It is certainly not an easy task that can be taken lightly. Everyone must be able to commit to various committee appointments and be willing to do their share of tasks to enhance the effectiveness of the Town Council as a whole. There is no room for individualism and you must to able to work as a group.
Everyone is encouraged to bring their ideas forward during meetings but must remember to be cautious of their personal agendas. You must always strive to work together for the betterment of the community. Active dialogue is always encouraged, respecting everyone’s opinion and ideas is a must.
Council members must be interactive with residents in the community and that includes participating in community events and activities. When people see you actively involved then they see you as committed to the best interest of the Town.
QUESTION 4: What are your goals and aspirations for Town of Legal?
I am committed to providing the best services possible to our residents without incurring large tax increases to obtain our goals.
We must ensure council and staff are responsive to the needs of everyone without putting us in excessive debt for the future.
If grants become available I would like to see a solar farm installation to help offset our costs for Hydro. This will ultimately help meet the environmental standards set out by the federal government and show we are committed to being progressive and energy conscious.
I would like to see more interaction with community groups to establish priorities for community needs.
Establish a better working relationship with Bylaw and Police to ensure the security and safety of our community. We must provide bylaw enforcement that is proactive and is willing to fully enforce the bylaws we have established.
We see a significant presence of Peace Officers in our community but we still have a traffic speed problem on Main Street.
The police have to start handing out fines because just educating people is obviously not working.
QUESTION 5: What do you envision for the Town of Legal in the next 4 years and how would you achieve that?
I would like to see more growth within our community both in residential and commercial.
There has been a significant number of home sales in town this year, but the good thing is there are more families moving in. We must get back to hosting our community events that everyone enjoys.
Actively pursuing advertising and tourism will bring more people to town. I talked to people camping here this summer and they were impressed with the murals, parks, walking trails, and overall cleanliness of the town. Reviewing and updating our towns Strategic plan is imperative to getting new ideas that will help promote our community.
We have to work closer with the Legal & District Chamber of Commerce to promote ourselves as a place to come and build business. Economic Development has to be at the forefront of the councils thoughts to increase our commercial footprint.
Council must do its best to secure grants to repair and modernize the Arena complex to attract more teams.
Having Dr’s in town helps our seniors with aging in place. The next step to keep seniors here is affordable housing. Lobbying government and developers is imperative.
QUESTION 6 - FOR RE-ELECTED CANDIDATES: If you are re-elected on Oct 18, what are the 2 main items you would like the Town and council to undertake in this term?
Get the Economic Development Committee actively pursuing initiatives to increase business in town and giving residents a reason to stay here.
Effective policing on traffic and community bylaws.