Thursday, December 17, 2015

Pincher Creek Town Council candidate Marie Meckelborg

Marie Meckelborg
My name is Marie Meckelborg. I grew up in the community of the Crowsnest Pass. I moved to Lethbridge to continue my education where I resided for 11 ½ years before making the decision to move to Pincher Creek. I chose Pincher Creek for my family because of the school system here, as well as how welcoming this community is. I have two diplomas, one in Criminal Justice Policing and another in Child and Youth Care. My background is mostly in human services, specifically in working with young families, as well as working with children diagnosed with Autism. I have worked at The Pincher Creek Children’s World Daycare since January 2012 and became the Director in February 2014. I am currently a member of a new interest group that focuses on food security called Food 4 Thought and, a member of the Child Care Directors Association of Southwest Alberta. I have strong relationships with Adult Learning, Parent Link and The Junction. I love volunteering.

Previous to living and working in Pincher Creek, I was dedicated to volunteering with the Canadian Diabetes Association, and become a captain of my own team of canvassers. Since moving to Pincher Creek most of my volunteer time goes to the daycare as I am very passionate about our daycare centre. Being the Director of the daycare has afforded me the opportunity to work with The Pincher Creek Town Council on more than one occasion, this has helped me become familiar with what would be required of me should I become elected to the vacant position of Town Councillor.
For me, being able to give back to my community is first and foremost. To have the opportunity to be an advocate for my fellow community members would be an honour. I also believe that having a strong female presence would bring added benefit to council.

This is our forever home. The reason we moved here 4 years ago was not a hard decision. The culture here is so diverse and unique. I love that our community is so involved. Seeing the turnout at the Holiday Train for example and the support that followed for our food bank was amazing. I would love to see that level of involvement continue and grow stronger. I love that everyone rallies together to see improvements made to our community; whether through events such as Raise the Woof or the Pincher Spray Park Bake Sale, it is overwhelming.

Again, my goal in becoming Town Councillor is to be an advocate for our community. I intend to talk to the people and learn what they believe are the major issues we face as a community and how we can make positive changes, if necessary, to better meet the needs of our community and its local businesses.

Are there any issues you take a strong stand on? If so, what are they and where do you stand?

I am not here for selfish reasons nor to make changes that would solely benefit myself. I am here to listen to community members, be a strong sounding board, and bring concerns to council on their behalf to help find solutions in a positive and mutually agreeable way so that everyone here has a voice.

I see myself working towards creating a strong and positive relationship between the Town of Pincher Creek and the families and businesses that reside here.

In closing I would like to take this opportunity to thank my electors, for giving me their encouragement and support during this exciting new journey in my life.

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