VOTE GORDON WARD
As Mayor, I will bring the skill-set to the table that is needed for the job. It is now time to see Edmonton as it is ... to see it as a business that includes a multi-faceted and growing population that has international potential. It is time to do what makes sense.
GORDON WARD FOR MAYOR
I would offer up a couple of quick stories in the way of introductions... a way of explaining where I am at, where I came from and where I wish to go.
Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Christopher Delay. He is running for councillor in Fort Saskatchewan. There were a couple of things about Christopher Delay that were both amazing and inspiring. His political platform is a simple one... a person from, and living in, a community and a sincere desire to give something back to his community in return for the positive benefits of living there. After getting to know Christopher Delay, it is apparent that his gratitude is genuine and his ideals are real. He is not naive in his life nor politics, but he actually and truly believes in what he is saying and sincerely believes in his community; his enthusiasm is genuine and contagious. Walking away from Christopher Delay left an indelible impression and a like-inspiration toward the City of Edmonton . . . a city that I have worked in for more than a decade.
So, if there is any question as to why I have chosen to run for office, I can assure you that I have whole-heartedly been “Christopherized” and believe that serving the community is the best way to give something back.
Speaking of which, Edmonton has been my professional home for more than a decade. Having been born in Alberta and raised in many, many communities scattered throughout the Province, I left the Province to pursue an education toward building an engineering and business career. During the time away from Alberta, my career was dynamic, challenging and fun. I was fortunate that my academic and career pursuits allowed me to live across Canada and conduct business throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. I developed practised expertise in engineering and large-scale, international project management. I obtained a strong business experience on local, national and international stages. When it was time to raise a family ... I have two daughters and one son ... Alberta was the location of choice even though I did not realize I had left a Have-Not Province and would return to a dynamic, growing and vibrant Province.
Shortly after returning to Alberta, I encountered a series of circumstances that revealed my specific technical and engineering expertise had very advanced applications in a medical specialty that was vastly under-utilized. I changed career paths and obtained advanced training in Hyperbaric Medicine, motivated by an idealism and heart-felt enthusiasm that was, and still is, second-to-none. Since the 1990s, I have provided unique therapeutic services to Albertans and I have actively and successfully lobbied on behalf of the ill, the injured and the handicapped for their right to accessible and affordable treatment. The commitment, dedication and sacrifice to be able to meet these goals has resulted in specific advancements on behalf of patients throughout Alberta and across Canada.
It is this level of commitment, dedication and sacrifice that I bring to a campaign and offer to the City of Edmonton.
During my engineering career, I had the good fortune of having the World’s Best Boss; his name was Garry Cooper. As a business teacher and mentor, I learned many lessons, of which some have remained indelibly etched in my mind, my heart and my work ethic.
● Trust and Loyalty. Garry Cooper truly trusted those that worked for him. He practised the belief that loyalty is earned, not demanded.
● Executive Responsibility. Garry Cooper believed that his role as an executive was to obtain and provide the appropriate tools that his staff needed to do their jobs and then let them do it.
● Respect. He also taught me that most people work-to-live and few people live-to- work . . . and tempered his expectations appropriately.
These principles are fundamental to my business and management practices and they are what I bring to a campaign and offer to the City of Edmonton.
I have to point out that in preparing for, and conducting a political campaign, there will be a conspicuous lack of advertising . . . particularly a lack of signage.
I have chosen to self-finance the campaign based on a fundamental principle, held closely over my adult life . . . that of responsible management of finances and assets. I have repeatedly been encouraged to litter the City with signage even though I have chosen to have none. A friend and colleague pointed out that, when he previously ran for a political office, signage was one of the first in the To-Do List. He also pointed out that he was unsuccessful. The best lesson that I take from my friend was that in a campaign winners have signs but so do losers. I have chosen to run a campaign in a very unconventional manner. It is certainly not for and contrary to standard political spin and rhetoric; therefore, I will not be posting or spending money on signage. I truly believe that the issues facing the City of Edmonton for a successful and prosperous future have no resolution based on one’s possession of signage. I truly believe leadership of a community is not based on the concept that “He who has the most signs wins”.
From the onset of my intent to campaign, I have emphasized that Leadership is done by example. A primary role of Mayor is to serve and protect the Community. Any and all financial contributions shall be directed to a charity. At this point, I would encourage you to go to the Donations Link and help support those in greater need than my own political aspirations.
With the City of Edmonton approaching a population of one million, it would be impossible to meet everyone, and certainly beyond my personal finances and budget. So . . . I’ll be out on the streets. I’ll meet you on the bus and LRT. I’ll see you in the restaurants and pubs that make up the City of Edmonton. You might even find me standing under someone else’s sign.
Oh . . . on a completely separate note, and a bit more on the personal side . . . I have been struggling with a Bad-Hair-Year and it appears that I will have one more year to go. Contrary to my personal and professional appearance over the last few decades, I now wear long hair and it has only been recent that the hair is long enough to tie back. The new Do has made me the brunt of a lot of good humored jokes from family, friends, colleagues and patients. But, I will stick to my principles. The whole hair-mess thing started with my youngest daughter. As a young married woman, my daughter has followed her husband overseas and currently lives in a war-zone. Late last year, I promised my daughter that I would not cut my hair until she and my son-in-law returned safely home to Alberta. It appears that they will return in one more year; so, there is a limit to my current appearance dilemma. I have stuck to the promise I made to my daughter, no matter what challenges it has created, or will create. As far as my present professional image and public appearance, I can offer the City of Edmonton the same tenacity, endurance and commitment.
Gordon Ward would like to thank you for your generous donations. The money that you raise through Gordon Ward's campaign's work will truly reach out to the REAL communities that make the City of Edmonton.
I already know Delay ... looking forward to McGowan. Both have the skill for the job. McNeil is committed. They show up for grueling times
Good for Delay, McGowan & McNeill. Only 3 to show up for questions. They have my vote. :-) http://t.co/hkQE6KKuNU
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