My family and I came to Red Deer in 1996, I worked for Scotiabank in those days. Isabelle, Tamaran, Stephen and I were so excited to make this great City our home. Within a year Red Deer had literally stolen my heart. I began to volunteer, and soon I found myself at the Red Deer Chamber, STARS, the Rotary Club, Parkland Youth Homes (now Vantage), the United Way, the Westerner Exposition, and my local Church. We decided to call Red Deer our permanent home in 2003. We had made so many friends and the quality of life remains unmatched. I retired from Banking in 2013. I felt prepared with my professional training and my extensive volunteer service to ask Red Deer to be a voice on Council. What an honour to have been chosen and a far greater honour to serve.
I am proud of the work we have done as a Council. In a very busy term we revised the Snow and Ice policy, brought successive tax decreases and efficiencies to our Capital and Operating budgets, maintained our investment in core services, revised our Social policy, demonstrated environmental leadership, completed the Riverlands development plan and the north of 11A development plan. We also developed and implemented a Community Safety strategy and Policing plan that will transform the way community safety is delivered. We promoted and helped fund a successful bid for the Canada Winter Games. All this while a recession threatened our quality of life.
In addition to my collective work, I delivered on my promise to be accessible, to serve each and every citizen, on any issue, anywhere in our City. I became involved in innumerable issues from safety and social to environmental and economic. What a privilege.
Going forward I’m looking to build on the Safety Strategy . I see economic development in sports tourism, Riverlands and north of 11A. I look forward to resolving the complex social issues affecting our vulnerable and youth. I will continue to offer strong financial leadership. We are not getting our fair share of hospital and health care resources. I want to continue to work toward getting this resolved. I am a problem solver and can bring differing views to the solution.
This is a broad and rich and beautiful City. We have true wealth in diversity with many voices, many perspectives, many cultures, many dreams and many ambitions. I ask you to allow me to connect those many energies for I believe we have unlimited potential to be a City of choice. Let’s go forward together Red Deer. Please support me on October 16.
Supplied by Ken Johnston