Why do you want to be a city councillor?

I love Calgary and I love the northeast. I want to listen, collaborate and be a positive voice for the area, and help make decisions that leave the area improved for future generations.

If elected, what is one thing you would like to accomplish, and why?

It’s a hard question because there are many things I would like to accomplish towards the area of safety. The one thing I want is an improvement of accessibility for the people so we can walk, bike or drive around our area safely.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

It’s easy to complain but finding the solution is where our energy needs to go. So I don’t have much time for anything but working with others to find solutions to improve a situation.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing the city?

According to the city’s survey released in December, the answers were infrastructure, transportation and crime. Safety will always be my biggest issue for the city. Safety is about building caring, inclusive and respectful community. It is also about poverty reduction and strengthening community access to education, employment, family and social services, arts, sports and recreation opportunities. Its also about working actively with the local BRZ (Business Revitalization Zone) to help keep small businesses, people and the local economy thriving.

How would you describe your leadership style?

Community based decisions. I listen first to all sides, look at the data, see if the data has funded bias, and then feel confident at making a decision.

In your opinion, what is the best thing city council has done in the last three years?

Outreach. I think they have many great community based initiatives that I hope continue.

What is one thing you think council should have done, but didn’t?

We need leaders to speak up when there is discrimination of all kinds. Diversification is a nice buzzword but we don’t see it in the upper management or on city council. We need to address it to make our city stronger. An anti-bullying policy that isn’t enforceable, is a waste of tax payers time and money. We have reports that need leadership to implement. I would like to see more push on it.