I moved with my soul mate and partner to Rossland in 2006 from a small town back east similar to Rossland. Long before the ski hill developed commercially, it was a thriving town with a strong core of people and businesses that kept the town vibrant when there was no snow on the ground. I watched that town go through its growing pains while balancing the full time resident’s needs with the tourism needs. I believe this experience gives me the advantage of an objective observer in Rossland.
Currently I work part time for Bear Aware in the summer and Black Jack in the winter. This allows me the time and commitment to devote to the position of city councillor.
I believe I gained a finger on the community pulse through working with organizations including Tourism Rossland rep, RCAC director, Rossland museum director and Friend of the Museum, Greater Trail Restorative Justice facilitator, Community Gardens, Farmers Market, Bear Aware, and Harvest Rescue. I built connections with a broad range of people from young families to seniors. This contact led me to consider running for council and use my experiences as a guide at the municipal level.
My goals is to get elected, get my feet wet and see where I can best serve to strengthen the community fabric. I envision a Rossland that is unique and not a cookie cutter of elsewhere by focussing on what we have naturally and what is already unique.
I am adamant that communication between city staff & councillors and other Rossland segments is the key to maximize resources and avoid duplication of efforts. It has been said it’s like herding cats. I say cats have needs & desires that at the end of the day look very similar to the needs and desires of other cats so let’s build on common ground.
My challenge to Rossland is be different! Create our own model that others will look to emulate! Take advantage of all that is uniquely ours!
I appreciate your support on Election Day. Please take advantage of this opportunity to make your voice heard. Get out and vote and bring all your friends. See you at the polls!