Dedication Vision Experience
Banff has been my home for more than 45 years. My husband, Jim, and I married here. Our children have grown up here. Our roots are deep and my dedication is strong. The Town of Banff mission statement captures how I approach my work as a councillor. ‘Within our unique mountain environment, we strive to provide optimum quality of life for our residents and a quality experience for our visitors.
"I have had the privilege of working with 9 councils, every mayor the Town has had, committed staff and being a councillor for 27 of the 31 years that we have been incorporated as a municipality."
I have been working on your behalf as a Banff Town Councillor since 1994. In that time, I’ve served on various local, regional, provincial and national committees and boards. I pledge I will use my more than 25 years of council experience to help our community in every possible way.
Thank you so much for the support you have given me that has allowed me to do this interesting, rewarding and sometimes challenging position. With your continued support, I will bring this leadership experience back to the council table.
In 2019, I was honoured to receive a Distinguished Service Award from the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
Other work experience includes: campus life facilitator at the Banff Centre; conducted municipal census for the Town of Canmore; computer programmer/analyst at Canadian Mountain Holidays; various bar and restaurant positions (server, bartender, manager); and, mountain host and snow school desk at Mount Norquay. I have a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in computer science from McMaster University. Raising 3 children with my husband, Jim, was one of my greatest joys and learning experiences. Skills obtained in these roles and the experience of over two decades of leadership on council will enable me to work hard and effectively on your behalf.
Raising three children with my husband, Jim, was one of my greatest joys and learning experiences. Three wonderful adults now, still a joy and now they are my teachers too. Couldn’t do this without their support and love. Love back to all of you – Jim, Jamie, Linda and Thomas.
Volunteer, Committee and Board Experience
In my 27 years on Banff Council I have sat on, or been involved with, virtually every municipal committee. On behalf of council I have been on two commissions: Bow Valley Regional Housing and Bow Valley Waste Management Commission. I am past-president of the YWCA of Banff and Green Communities Canada. Other commitments are as a volunteer Climate Reality Leader with the Climate Reality Project Canada and council appointed member to the board of the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley.
With the support of council, I was elected to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) as an Alberta representative. I concluded my 10 years with FCM as a member of their Executive Committee representing Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and, with responsibility for the financial oversight of the $550 million green municipal funds. I have also served on the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association committee for increasing women’s participation in municipal government.