To know someone, it’s important to know their values. Our beliefs guide our actions and are great predictors of how we will behave in the future. Let me share with you some of my values so you can get to know me a little better.
Growing up my parents had very little. They came from meager beginnings but found success and prosperity in Alberta. Recognizing their journey, my parents made charity a priority. It has become a key value of mine and is an opportunity for us to help people in meaningful ways. Growing up, we consistently contributed to food drives and donated our time and money to help the less fortunate.
One of the ways in which I give back is through an annual neighbourhood food drive. I have done this for several years and it continues to grow. In December 2017, I held another food drive and collected over 130 items for the Calgary Food Bank.
My parents are small business owners, restauranteurs to be more precise, and from a young age, I learned the value of hard-work. At the age of 11, I began working in my parent’s restaurant washing dishes. I worked every single job in the restaurant and worked during every major holiday for several years.
The importance of hard-work has stayed with me through my adult life. During university, I not only pursued my academic studies and worked, but I was also elected to the Students’ Union and worked to make student life better. I worked harder to advance my studies and completed a Masters degree. I continued to press ahead and completed my Doctorate degree while working full-time. At the same time, I worked with peacebuilding organizations in Cyprus to promote reconciliation. After completing my PhD I pressed on further and became an accredited civil and commercial mediator and took comprehensive examinations in arbitration until I was admitted to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. I went on to be elected as the VP Communications for PC Alberta and fought to help build unity.
Although I didn’t win the award, my achievements were recognized and I was nominated for Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Award.
This is who I am and you can continue to expect the same level of dedication and work ethic as my past has demonstrated.
Communities help us lead happier, more fulfilling lives. They also allow us to play a small role in make the world a better place. I am a dedicated community volunteer and have spent years building a better neighbourhood, city and province.
Here are the ways I’ve been involved:
- COACH HILL / PATTERSON HEIGHTS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. I currently serve as the Vice President of the CHPH community association and began my involvement several years ago when I lived in Coach Hill. Despite moving out of the community, I was asked to stay on and help breathe new life into the board. I was proud to help create new bylaws and participate in drafting the organization’s first-ever business plan. My favourite thing to do, however, is to flip pancakes at the annual Stampede breakfast.
- WEST SPRINGS / COUGAR RIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION I have been involved with the organization for a couple of years, most recently as Communications Chair. I helped strengthen how the organization communicates through its newsletter, website and on social media.
- WENTWORTH GRAVEL PIT ADVOCACY. The announcement that a gravel pit would be built next to the community of Wentworth caught many by surprise. As a dedicated community advocate, I worked with a small group of residents to fight for enhanced mitigation from day one. We lobbied our MLA, Deborah Drever and worked with both Dave Rodney, MLA for Calgary-Lougheed and Mike Ellis, MLA for Calgary-West to have the issue raised in the Legislature and with the Minister of Transportation.
We set-up a website to help organize our efforts and launched an online petition which collected hundreds of signatures. We demanded a health impact assessment and fought to have the air quality and noise monitors moved.