1) Spending at city hall has been made an issue in this election campaign. Why do you think the city is or is not spending taxpayers’ dollars efficiently?
I believe that as in many government and at all levels spending and more importantly Accountability of the spending is not usually top of mind it is something that i have always been bothered by as i have yet to sit on council i am not sure of the processes needed to make such inquiries, this much i can assure you is that i am all about fiscal responsibility and just as important is transparency.
2) What do you think is the single most important social issue facing the city and how do you think city council should address it?
to be quite frank i do not know the single most important social issue, as i can see many social needs that need attention and with some brainstorming sessions i believe that with a few creative solutions we will be able to address at least a few of them!
3) The recent Conference Board of Canada grade report for Kelowna had the city receiving a low or failing grade on many issues. Do you feel this report was an accurate reflection of our city? Why or why not?
unfortunately surveys/reports are subjective at best and for the most part need to be taken in perspective, what i do know is that far to many situations and initiatives go unresolved or never get off the ground many of which i am sure would have influenced a different outcome providing us with a more favourable report!
4) What in your background will allow you to deal with conflict within our community on issues that come before city council?
i have sat on many councils and committees which continuously presented many conflicting situations on issues that demanded resolve, having the ability to sit back and remove the emotion, take a perspective from a bigger picture and think creatively has provided me the ability to find or create the resolution required to move forward and complete the tasks at hand, not every situation is the same and it takes a level headed group of people to ensure a solid outcome!
In the foundation of the seminars i train were created on the principles of “try, but and can’t” these are 3 words that do not belong! there is no “try” you either do or do not no in-between, “but” negates all said ahead of it! and can’t doesn’t even belong, you can do anything you want you just need to work with patients and perseverance to find a way to make whatever to happen.
5) What personal characteristics do you think make you qualified to be a city councillor?
i have over 25 years of award winning business experience, possess excellent collaborative leadership skills and thrive in challenging situations with a no quit attitude, i believe that with many of the challenges that Kelowna will be facing we will need to find creative, innovative and industry leading solutions to grow our city into one that other cities will aspire to become!