I grew up in a trades household and inherited my parents' work ethic. My Dad is a proud Lifetime Member of the IBEW Local 319; I learned how to wire a house at his side at age 12! My Mom worked in the home and supplemented her unpaid labour with occasional bookkeeping jobs.
In my early career in real estate and land development, I learned the value of not only land and property, but also, most importantly, the value of community.
My platform is built on a clear, comprehensive vision for job growth and development in Ward 4, while ensuring that any redevelopment opportunities respect the spirit of the communities they serve.
Having successfully navigated the bureaucracy that operates at all three levels of government, I am able to "hit the ground running" should I be honoured by the residents of Ward 4 with a seat on City Council.
In my 30 years of commitment to community and public service, I have demonstrated fiscal responsibility in the oversight and management of public funds, whether in property tax assessment, or assisting families and small businesses in recovering from natural disasters.
My professional and personal experiences and community involvement are a testament to the power of resilience and continuous growth. There is much in Ward 4 to celebrate, yet continuous improvement requires the engagement of the whole community to reach our common goals.
I am committed to representing constituents' interests on the City stage. I will amplify the successes of our Ward, while ensuring we "drill down" into the core issues underlying the challenges we face, with Purpose, Passion and my commitment to Progress on behalf of my fellow citizens.
Dedication to Public Service
- Experience working with all three levels of government:
- Manager of Disaster Recovery Appeals for the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, overseeing the proper distribution of relief funds to protect the interests of both disaster survivors and Alberta taxpayers. Duties included helping small businesses re-establish post-disaster.
- Managed property initiatives for the Department of National Defence, including sensitive projects at the Edmonton Energy and Technology Park.
- Implemented the City of Edmonton's Land Management Plan on a number of projects, including the Horse Hill redevelopment.
- Worked in the Provincial Operations Centre during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire, coordinating transport of personnel and resources into and out of the region. Recipient of the Premier's Medallion for outstanding service to the citizens of Fort McMurray and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
- Co-Recipient of the Government of Alberta Teamwork Award (2015) as a leader of the Disaster Recovery Team in response to the Southern Alberta floods.
- Recipient of the Government of Alberta Individual Service Award (2015) for distinction in the Alberta Public Service values of Respect, Accountability, Excellence, and Integrity.
Alison's initiative was unequalled in my organization. Her greatest strengths are her experience, mental agility, and teamwork. Alison comes with my highest regards and recommendation.
- Chris Swallow, P. Eng (LCol Ret'd)