This is my first term as a councilor for the Town of Battleford. The decision to run for council was made after careful consideration of my available time to dedicate to this position. After determining that I was able to commit to the responsibility of representing the residents and Town and with the support of my family I decided it was a good choice.
I was born and raised in Battleford, the youngest of 7, I am married to Tim and have 2 daughters who were raised in Battleford and have chosen to raise their families here as well. We have 5 grandchildren age 2-13 which keeps our lives interesting.
I attended Battleford Central School and Battleford Junior High before completing my high school at NBCHS and my business education at Reeves Business College. I absolutely enjoy every aspect of business and administration.
My work history is comprised of 9 years in the accounting office for a local soft drink bottler; 17 years in the policing environment dispatching, and administration, and most recently employed by the Saskatchewan Health Authority in the Health & Safety department.
I was especially honored to be named one of Canada’s 150 Municipal Leaders to help celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. We made a video and showed it to all the students and also gave a commemorative pin to every student in the town to help celebrate the event. In December, 2017 we hosted a Canada 150 Skating Day at our arena. It gave everyone an opportunity to skate with our home grown hockey stars, have a hot dog, make some crafts and meet Santa. Everyone had a great time.
Another achievement we were able to complete was a new outdoor rink for the ACT park on 35th Street last year. By engaging the NBCHS carpentry class in the project as part of their curriculum, the labor was provided free. The students were very proud of their ability to contribute to the project as well. We also reinforced our value of being a caring community by purchasing a Remembrance Day banner to be situated by the highway for all to see.
Three other issues which I feel strongly in favor of are the Occupational Health & Safety "Mission Zero” and "TIPPS” programs which will be implemented in 2019, and as well, the upgrading of the website.
I currently serve on the Destination Battlefords and Occupational Health & Safety Committees.
I thoroughly enjoy attending any conference that I can to learn as much as possible about municipal government, economic development and heritage. I am thankful that I have been allowed the opportunity to attend these and hope to attend more in the future. I am so passionate about these subjects I never get tired of learning new information.
My particular interests in the town are safety, history, economic development, growth, fiscal responsibility and promoting the town. Battleford is growing and we need to be good stewards to ensure the public services, roads, parks and recreation are growing as quickly to accommodate future growth.
I like to travel every chance I get to meet and talk with people sharing the information about our great town and bringing back ideas to share with the other members of council.
My special interests are watching sports of all kinds and sitting on a beach enjoying the sunshine.