City council candidate says resources limited

Wetaskiwin has challenges, great potential says retired principal

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Submitted by Lawrence Semeniuk

I was born and raised in Glendon, Alberta. After graduating from the University of Alberta in 1978 I worked as an educator in the province for 34 years in the capacities of teacher, consultant, vice-principal, principal and assistant superintendent.

I retired in 2012 after having been Principal of École Queen Elizabeth Junior High School in Wetaskiwin. My wife and I have lived here for 26 years. I am presently a member of the Legion Colour party and the Chair of the Wetaskiwin Youth Justice Committee. I have previously served on the Executive of the Legion.

For the past five years I have worked at EIA as a Baylead/De-Icing Technician for AeroMag 2000. As a Level 2 Ice Technician with Curling Canada I have worked at numerous events in North America helping to install and maintain curling ice.

One of the basic tenets of a democracy is that there is a choice presented to voters. That is why I chose to run for City councillor. The fact that there are eleven individuals running for the two positions is encouraging. I prefer to look at a glass as half full rather than half empty. We have many challenges in our community but also great potential. There are many invested citizens in the community who want and expect their councillors to work hard at providing quality services. They care about their city and want the best for their families. Having interacted with many of them as an educator I know the talents that they possess and the contributions they have and are making to the community.

Wetaskiwinites are concerned about the cost of services that the municipal government provides. Municipalities have limited revenue-generating options as they have been created by and are governed under legislation of the Province. We need to continue to advocate with the

Province for adequate funding to provide needed services. Not all communities face the same challenges. Maybe provincial funding should recognize this. Recognition of public (and property) safety is also high on the list of citizen priorities. There are creative and technical solutions that can be used to provide more safety in the community.

I am an evidence based individual and if elected would work hard to understand the issues and evaluate solutions to them. Together we can make our city a better place. I have no political ambition beyond the City of Wetaskiwin.

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