I have worked as a professional urban planner in Edmonton for the past decade, and am a proud champion of the north side. I have a Masters degree in planning and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.
I have lived in several Canadian provinces and have extensively travelled the country. I am a proud Canadian. I joined the Royal Canadian Navy at age 29, something not done by many established people, but I wanted to serve my country. I am currently a reservist Lieutenant (Navy) Intelligence Officer and I love every minute that I spend in uniform. The accompanying picture is from my wedding day. That was the best day of my life.
As an urban planner, I know how to develop strong communities, and I can identify when our neighbourhoods are being neglected. I know the rules. I know what works and what can be improved upon. My experience will be an asset to City Council.
I have always been involved in my community, including serving on my community league’s board, and the City’s Vehicle For Hire Commission. I have volunteered in soup kitchens, homeless shelters, for many military charities, and I have sat on several not-for-profit boards. I am the past Treasurer for the Alberta Professional Planners Institute, the governing body for the profession. When I was in school, in served on my university’s Senate.
In many ways I am proud of my wife, Karly. Two years ago she won the Edwin Parr award for ‘best first year teacher’ in all of Alberta. I have learned a lot from her about education delivery. I value what teachers can do for children. Education is so important. It is a shame when family units are not strong; I appreciate that our great teachers serve as role models to our children, a secondary measure if they do not have support at home. Children should belong to strong families.
I support efforts, activities, and events that make parenting easier. I want to bring our north side parks, roads, and services to a level comparable to the rest of Edmonton. We can do this, while holding the line on property taxes, if we re-prioritize what we spend on.