Get to Know Who's Running: Liz John-West (Ward Métis)
There happens to be a Municipal Election coming up in Edmonton on October 18, 2021, and I think it's important for locals to get to know the City Council candidates running for their particular ward (as well as their Mayoral candidates, of course). I chose to get more involved in the election this year and so wanted to give each candidate a chance to tell us a little about themselves, their vision, and why you should vote for them. I have sent a 10-question questionnaire to each of the 2021 Edmonton Municipal Election candidates and will post their responses (100% as written) here as they come in. With that said, let's get to know...
"I’ve worked in Edmonton’s social services field for over thirty years and understand the needs of people and communities at a profound level. I graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Political Science and have spent my career building community programs, supporting women and children in domestic violence, and I have been a director in two prominent social institutions. I understand community dynamics while having the knowledge and expertise to manage the administrative and financial processes of an organization. In my current position as a director, I manage numerous programs with a staff of eighty and a budget of over 7 million. I work closely with the provincial government in fiscal management, program development and service delivery. I understand the importance of balancing the needs of the organization and clients with the municipal and provincial stakeholders that provide essential partnerships. I know what it is to be a proud Edmontonian, having lived in the community for over 30 years and being directly in touch with my neighbourhood. I feel I know what Ward Métis needs. My father was a successful small business owner, first building houses, and then later running a local grocery store. My childhood also led me to become a strong advocate for women, equality and justice, leading me to complete my MA in Indigenous Community Development. I grew up building a community with my family and my neighbours."
I♥E/ What do you think are the 4 or 5 biggest issues facing Edmonton right now that you want to focus on most?
LJW/ I would say the biggest issue facing Edmonton right now is the impact of covid-19 on our city. This impact is felt on so many different levels from how our seniors are taken care of in our society, to people who have lost jobs, to businesses no longer being able to survive, and finally managing a city budget under an economic depression.
As much as the city and province has struggled to find meaningful solutions to housing covid-19 has magnified the housing issue where we now have thousands of vulnerable people living outside.