The last election in 2014 was uncontested. That seemed to me to be undemocratic. I didn't want that to happen again this year. So, why not me - put your money where your mouth is - so to speak.
A lot of people that run for office say that it is the most rewarding thing that they have ever done. I wanted to see for myself. I have been very fortunate in my life and I have a sense of trying to help others do well, too. When you compare this to military service or first responders, they are putting themselves in harm's way. I can't do what they do, but I can do this.
I think this will be very interesting and challenging. The South Cariboo is a huge area, a lot of it very sparsely populated. I have travelled over some of it but not all. What I have seen of it is so varied and beautiful, I am looking forward to exploring more of it. What is also fascinating is meeting new people. So far, I have met some very interesting people and all have been very welcoming - I had not expected that. I am looking forward to doing more of that and finding out and understanding what they are doing and how I might be able to help them.
What is the role?
What are the responsibilities?
To contribute as an active member of the Board (and committees) by:
I am a Professional Engineer, trained to provide practical solutions to complex problems. I understand construction, contracts, drawings, and how to get things done. More than that, though, I have learned how to talk to people (clients) to understand their needs, so that the solutions fit what they are trying to accomplish.
In my work experience, I have learned how to communicate with municipal staff so that I understand their responsibilities and how we can work together to resolve my clients’ needs with the municipal requirements. I have always found that people want to do a good job, no matter who they work for.
I have been a volunteer on my Burnaby Strata Council for 16 years. I have been president, vice-president and treasurer, so I am very familiar with preparing budgets and longer range financial planning, although at a much lower level of expenditure than the TNRD. Nevertheless, Strata owners do not hesitate to let you know if they are not happy!
I have also been on teams assigned to very large projects where working together was crucial for the success of the project. These include SkyTrain and TTC transit projects, as well as bridge and road projects.
I believe that I have all the skills necessary to be an effective Director for the Bonaparte Plateau.