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?
The budgetary process includes input by all departments of the city. Council may also have a list of priorities . Working together with an efficient and professional group of employees who are trained to provide public services to our taxpayers, I have confidence that local government will make the best decisions possible. Council’s job is to hold employees accountable for the work they do.
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?
Adequate low cost housing. Perhaps more incentives given to developers to include a portion of housing units to lower income. More mixed use development, business and retail on ground floor with strata or rental units above. This could provide more affordability, less distance between workplace and walkable neighbourhoods.
Even though it is not necessarily a City issue, to continue a close relationship with Interior Health in the promotion of more hospital beds, assisted living and residential care beds in a community that has a large portion of retirees and elderly.
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?
I believe Kelowna is moving in a good direction and at a pace that is sustainable for the citizens of this community.
4. What in your background will allow you to deal with conflict within our community on issues that come before city council?
Experience working with volunteer groups and as a past councillor has shown me that it is of the utmost importance to have as much information as possible on both sides of conflicting issues to be able to resolve them in a collaborative way.
5. What personal characteristics do you think make you qualified to be a city councillor?
I am approachable and my experience as a volunteer and councillor have given me the ability to listen carefully; to have all available information and to strive for compromise and/or consensus.