In 2014, I was appointed to the Municipal Planning Commission, a body that oversees development and permitting processes for the Town of Three Hills. After 3 years of learning, listening, and understanding the unique challenges that can arise in that spectrum, I decided to run for a Council position in the 2017 Municipal Election. My platform at that time spoke to the key principle of wanting to be a 'voice at the table' and to 'build on the hard work of my predecessors'. I had no agenda or burning topic that I wanted to bring to the forefront, I only wanted to be included in civic discussions that shape our community. The electorate spoke, and I received a resounding nod of approval at the ballot box to take on that role as Councillor.
These past 4 years sitting on Council have been an even steeper learning curve, as the complexities of the entire operational sphere of the Town of Three Hills have come under intense focus during this time. Challenges in Infrastructure, Administration and Employment, Covid, Inter-Municipal Relations, Provincial and Federal Funding Platform Modifications, Environmental Amendments, Waste Management, Connectivity/Broadband, Climate Change Implications (which impact even our micro-climate here), and a generally weaker provincial/ federal economic outlook are all collectively contributing to some of the most complex times the Town of Three Hills has faced in its 109-year history.
No municipal entity can operate under today's governance model without a comprehensive Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan for the Town of Three Hills sits as a blueprint to help shape critical thinking. I will continue to embrace this document as the primary tool for ongoing public development. As Mayor, I believe that my Council experience in meeting many of these challenges would benefit the progressive future of Three Hills.