I am a long time homeowner and resident within Grand Forks city limits. I operate my own landscaping business and have worked for the past three years as a lifeguard and fitness instructor at GF Rec. I have decided to raise my children here because of the values and lifestyle that a rural community has to offer. When I come home from out of town and drive down Spencer’s Hill the view always reminds me of how good it is to be home. Sure, we have some issues that we are dealing with here, but when you take a look around the world, we are truly blessed in this valley.
I started attending council meetings last January because of an issue that greatly concerned me and over the past nine months I have become acquainted with the wide variety of issues facing our town. The amount of research required to stay informed on both policy and legalities involved in the Community Charter and higher levels of government is extensive. After already investing so much time, I feel confident that I can properly represent the citizens of Grand Forks and restore a voice to the people.
I believe council should take their orders from the people and then lobby the provincial and federal governments in line with what the community desires. My experience and observation has shown the opposite is taking place.
I have no prior experience in politics nor have I ever wanted to be called a politician. I’m just a concerned citizen like everyone else who wants to see some of the key issues resolved in a financially responsible way. I’m hoping that this new council can create a friendly interactive relationship with residents that will bolster community spirit, volunteer involvement and economic investment.