“It has been my privilege and honour to serve the citizens of Airdrie for five terms, a total of 17 years, as a member of our City Council.
When I chose to put my ideas and name forward, Airdrie was taking off as a community of unprecedented growth. It had the small town feel that attracted Karen and myself here 26 years ago to raise our upcoming family. It didn’t, however, have some basic and critical necessities that every growing family and community needs. There were few doctors and walk-in clinics - no urgent care - which hit home when our son Connor experienced what it would later be diagnosed as an acute appendicitis in Calgary at the Childrens’ Hospital after an early morning trip to the hospital in Didsbury couldn’t tell us what was going on. Our kids began their early school years with classrooms located in the gym because there weren’t enough portables to add to schools. The infamous ‘rat hole’ Yankee Valley Blvd. underpass was a traffic nightmare. Our tiny library, located in the current Medicine Shoppe building while quaint, was underserving our families. Genesis Place was at stage 1 with pools, a couple gyms, a small fitness room and our overbooked arenas forced hockey and ringette teams to book home games out of town. Our grocery and department stores were unable to provide the variety that shoppers craved. The Food Bank was always on the lookout for a bigger pace to serve increasing needs. Public transit was a dream.
I have been proud to have been a voice with successive city councils who actively advocated for health and education with the provincial government, proud to have worked to plan the new communities and infrastructure that we see and use today, proud to work to see that no one is left behind. This was all done without ‘breaking the bank’ and moving beyond our means.
There’s still work to do like creating a vital downtown and providing opportunity for post-secondary choice. I place this continued work in the hands of others and successive city councils as I will be retiring from this role and the work that I love at the end of October.
I thank my wife Karen and our children, Connor and Quinn-Marie, for supporting and allowing me to do this important work. It hasn’t always been easy, especially in our world of social media.
Thank you Airdrie for placing your trust in me.”
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