Okotoks Current Vision Statement
In the year 2030, Okotoks is a leader in sustainability, driven by an involved, connected and creative community. Through visionary leadership, citizens are engaged in maintaining a safe, caring and vital community that honours our culture, heritage and environment.
I was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. I was educated in French Immersion schools, and graduated from the University of Calgary's Law School in 2005. I have been practicing law for the last 16 years. I owned and operated a small day spa in Victoria, B.C. employing 5+ staff and managing multiple sublets, all while maintaining my busy law practice. After 5 years in business, I sold that day spa and relocated back to Calgary after the sudden death of my younger sister.
In early 2021, I purchased an old farm house in Okotoks, moving blocks away from my parents who have lived here since 2008. My parents have been invested in Okotoks since the late 1990s. I lived in Okotoks during the summers in my early twenties when my parents owned and operated "Browser's Delight," which is now Home Ground.
I am proud to support the efforts of the Foothills Salvage and Recycling Society, and their hard work in keeping materials from ending up in landfill sites. My new chicken coop (urban hen license pending) is the result of almost entirely reclaimed materials found at the Salvage Centre. I love that the Okotoks Eco-Centre will recycle those items of clothing and/or other fabrics that are not suitable for donation. I am an avid gardener, and during the growing season I produce all my own vegetables from seed.
I have made space in my busy work week to pursue oil painting instruction in an effort to spend time on the right side of my brain. The simple act of colouring after the sudden death of my younger sister in 2015 was one of the most healing activities I found; I have been drawing and painting ever since. I find that art helps me to manage the 'noise' of every day life. Whether it is art, music, movement or dramatic play, I have always been a proud supporter of the creative arts.
Okotoks is determined to be a leader in sustainability, driven by an involved, connected and creative community. I am particularly drawn to these two issues of sustainability and community in my own life. I continue to read volumes of material on these two issues, and how we can make more sustainable environmental and life choices; all the while addressing the steady erosion of our own social bonds that have lead many people to discount the importance of family and community.
Okotoks' visionary commitment to an involved, connected and creative community by 2030 would be no small accomplishment, and I believe that goal will be dependent on the resilience of each and every one of Okotoks' individual citizens.
I am very proud to be a nominee for one of Okotoks' six town council positions in the 2021 municipal election. My professional training has demanded of me that I be able to read and retain large volumes of materials, and to be ready to address important questions and concerns. I am often called on to ask the hard questions. If I am elected, I promise to apply all of these skills in the context of helping our town realize its important vision statement.
August 31, 2021 Western Wheel Candidate Interview