Getting To Know...

Mayor John Whaley

 

In our continuing series of "Getting To Know You" columns, Leduc County's Mayor Whaley was the next person to take time out of their busy schedule to sit down and give us a little glimpse into the person behind the title.
Q: What is your favourite candy? 
A: Oh, I have many sweet teeth! I like all candies.
Q: Cat person or dog person?
A: Dog.
Q: What is your biggest fear? 
A: Making a wrong decision in my public life.
Q: What was the last movie you watched? 
A: There was recently a 24 hour James Bond special on TV and I caught some of those.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
A: I'm not the person that takes vacations very much. I would just like the time to relax and not think about work for a while. (Smiles) The location doesn't matter.
Q: Do you participate in a sport?
A: I run from meeting to meeting! (Laughs) I like curling but I don't have the time to commit to a team anymore.
Q: What is your favourite colour? 
A: Blue.
Q: What is your favourite season, and why? 
A: Gosh, these questions are really hard! I really don't have a favourite. Coming from Northern England, we really don't get seasons there. The weather can be so blah that one cool, rainy season can blend into the next. Here you get four definite seasons. I like looking forward to, and experiencing, all four.
Q: What is the favourite pair of shoes that you own?
A: The black leather dress shoes that I was married in.
Q: If we were buying, what would you be having for dinner?
A: Steak.
Q: What is your favourite thing to do in Leduc County?
A: When I get a chance, just walking around the farm. When I first started in politics I used to get home and just walk the fields to think and relax. I would typically walk a route that would take me down to a pretty area by some trees and a little creek near the back of our property. Apparently I used to do it a lot because it was a few years later, when things had gotten busier and I hadn't been able to take that walk for a while, when my neighbour and I stopped to chat over the fence and he commented that things must have eased up for me as he hadn't seen me take my walk for quite a while now! (Chuckles)
Q: Do you have a hobby? 
A: My "hobby" is just puttering around on the farm. I'm pretty good with my hands and can fix things and make things work. 
Q: Who is your hero?
A: I really don't have a hero. Would a mentor count? I guess I would say Ed Chubocha, a former Reeve in the County. Just the way he handled himself throughout his political career.
Q: What is playing on your car stereo right now?
A: CFCW 790. CD's? I don't play those things. I will be tuning into The One when it comes on the air.
Q: What is the best dish you make? 
A: (Laughs) I don't profess to cook. I can survive by myself but that's about it. I can boil an egg and make toast!
Q: What is your proudest moment? 
A: The births of my girls and my new grandson!
Q: Movie or live theatre? 
A: I like both, but live theatre. If you miss a movie you can always see it in the cheap theatres or rent it later.
Q: Name one item on your bucket list.
A: That's assuming I have a bucket list! (Smiles) I'm very happy with the way my life is. I have no desire to jump out of a plane... Oh! But I would like to have my own flying car! You know, like the Jetsons. I would like to live to see that technology.
Q: What did you want to be when you were a child? 
A: I've always just wanted to be a farmer since I could walk.
Q: If you could do any job other than the one you have, what would you do?
A: I'd be in agriculture. No two ways about it.
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