CANDIDATE: Colleen Kirkpatrick

Candidate for Oak Bay council in the election of Nov. 19, 2011

  • Nov. 4, 2011 6:00 p.m.
Colleen Kirkpatrick

Colleen Kirkpatrick

Colleen Kirkpatrick

Age: 42

Occupation: Registered nurse

Family status: Have a loving family, including a four-year-old daughter

Political experience: No political affiliations, past Red Cross council vice-president, Southern Alberta Region

Lived in the community: 3.5 years

What is your single biggest issue this election?

I have found that a common denominator is our Official Community Plan. It hasn’t been fully reviewed and updated for almost 14 years. It sets our vision and drives our decision making as we head further into the 21st century and covers current issues such as population density, transportation and zoning.

How do you hope to solve it?

The Community Plan is an important guiding document for both council and residents alike. I would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to take a leadership role in its revision by seeking community input – what we like about the current plan and how would we like to see it evolve to meet our future vision.

What has council done well this term?

We have been fortunate to have had a council that works well together. The vast majority of issues have been agreed to unanimously, but when divisive issues have come up the current council has been able to voice their thoughts in a respectful atmosphere.

What would you do on council to improve it?

I like to research issues, look to see the big picture, and strive for tax-saving efficiencies. I believe in a high degree of community involvement and would like to provide more opportunities for low-stress, open dialogue before decisions are made at the council level.