I am a proud Port Moody native, born here in 1966 (well, technically born at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster because there was no hospital in Port Moody at that time!) I have lived in this community my entire life.
I was first elected to City Council in 2005, re-elected as Councillor in 2008, and elected to the leadership position of Mayor in 2011. I was privileged to be re-elected as Mayor in 2014, and I am again seeking your trust in October.
I believe an essential role of local government is to provide core services to residents as efficiently and effectively as possible. Local government also needs to support our cultural, environmental, and social community and neighbourhoods. Local government should be responsive, respectful, and communicative with residents and taxpayers.
I have deep roots in our city. In 1932, my grandparents moved to the small community of Port Moody on Clarke Street. In 1938, they moved to St. George Street in Port Moody, a home I was fortunate enough to live in until 2015. I now live in Heritage Mountain. My grandparents were very active members of the Kyle Centre in their retirement years, and were instrumental in the building of the new centre, and establishing many of the still-existing clubs, such as the snooker and rock and gem clubs. My grandfather used to take us carpet bowling in the "old" recreation centre, and I have fond memories of our time spent there.
I spent most of my life involved in sailing, canoeing, kayaking activities at Rocky Point Park. My father was one of the founders of the Rocky Point Sailing Association and worked for 20 years developing a vision for what is now the Old Mill Boathouse at Rocky Point, a facility that I enjoy regularly. My grandfather worked for several decades at the then Flavelle Cedar Mill, and my grandmother worked in the school district as a caretaker at Moody Elementary, where my mother and uncle attended school and later, where my mother worked as a teacher. My mother also taught for many years at Pleasantside Elementary and Moody Middle.
In my spare time – although, like for most, there is less of it these days – I enjoy mountain and road biking, kayaking, golfing, boating, sailing, hiking, and enjoying the many outdoor activities in Port Moody. We are so fortunate to have nature surrounding us and the ocean and mountains at our doorstep.
I am always accessible, both in person and online. I am an avid user of social media and electronic communications, including my website, Twitter, Facebook, email and other emerging technologies and platforms. I maintain my personal website on an ongoing basis – not just during election cycles – so it's easy to connect and stay at informed at all times.