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 City is spending people’s money wisely. Building and maintaining quality infrastructure is costly. Beautiful buildings like the H20 centre, the new Parkinson Senior’s centre are enjoyed by all citizens. People expect quality construction, and quality maintenance of these buildings. Secondly, the City contracts out many services and goes to public tender to ensure they remain competitive in their pricing.
What do you think is the single most important social issue facing the city and how do you think city council should address it?
A new Sobering Centre is really needed in Kelowna. Currently, many people are taken to hospital or to jail. This is a poor use of medical resources and RCMP resources. Kelowna City Council is working with the Regional District and Interior Health to encourage the establishment of a new Sobering Centre.
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?
Kelowna is a great City that attracts people from across the nation. Speak to any newcomer about why they decided to move here and they will communicate what is great about this City. Kelowna has great amenities like the International Airport, UBCO, and the Interior Health Centre. Kelowna has a beautiful lake, clean air and water. The City has amazing recreation areas, regional parks, off-road bicycle trails and public facilities. Kelowna is a destination of choice.
What in your background will allow you to deal with conflict within our community on issues that come before city council?
I have many years of experience working in the public realm. I truly value the public arena and the sharing of ideas. I have worked with people with a variety of backgrounds and concerns. I really enjoy the diversity and the wide variety of issues that Council addresses.
What personal characteristics do you think make you qualified to be a city councillor?
I now have two terms experience as an elected City Councillor; I have worked for 25 years with an effective team to establish a large non-profit housing organization that serves the Central Okanagan; and I have served on numerous boards including the Central Okanagan Regional District; the Kelowna Kasugai Sister City Association; the Downtown Kelowna Association; the Chamber of Commerce, Willow Park Church and the Kelowna General Hospital.