The importance of community engagement

Facilitation - We Are Cities

My community involvement has been a constant aspect in my life. 

I have spent many hours volunteering with organizations like the Red Cross and the Canadian Diabetes Association. Growing up in Ward 8, I visited often with the seniors of Sherbrooke Community Centre and helped create a film that was used to help children through grieving processes. Later in life, I partnered with younger children to teach them various skills and to prepare quilts for the Ronald MacDonald House.

Volunteer - SK Living Green Expo 2016

Upon finishing my Bachelor of Science in Land Use in Environmental Studies from the University of Saskatchewan, I completed an intensive leadership program. Ready to take my engagement to the next level, I began work on organizing, building and supporting community. I have been active in many organizations, such as the Saskatchewan Environmental Society, the Saskatchewan Eco Network, Bus Riders of Saskatoon, Next Up, Peer Mentoring, and public speaking groups.

During my years of engagement with the City of Saskatoon, both through my job with the Meewasin Valley Authority and through volunteering, I gained useful insight into municipal operations. I met with Councillors, various levels of administration and management, presented to Council and its committees and engaged in city-wide consultations. Much of my work centres on providing tangible and constructive ideas for the issues and challenges Saskatoon faces. I believe it is important to work hard to provide solutions or alternatives to these challenges.

Volunteering at Sustainable Gourmet 2014

Saskatoon is a beautiful city, filled with caring, hardworking and inviting people. We all want the best for Saskatoon, and that is one of the reasons why I am running to be your City Councillor in Ward 8.

From a young age, it was obvious to me that working with a group of people toward a common goal was easier than doing it alone. By working together we can bridge diverse and varying perspectives to find the commonality in our goals, which allows us to move forward. I have called Ward 8 home for nearly three decades and look forward to building community with each of you, my neighbours, for many years to come.

Engaging community by ensuring residents’ opinions are heard and respected by those who serve on City Council is integral to my commitment as a candidate for City Council.