Wayne Oliver would use his financial management skills to make decisions for residents

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I first moved to Pincher Creek in 1966 and attended Central Elementary School for years 1, 2 and 3 before moving to Lethbridge in 1970. I remember buying candy from ABC Confectionery and Who can forget the great taste of the Twin Steer burger at Bunny Bar Drive Inn.

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My wife and I moved permanently to the community in August 1992 for a full time teaching position. Joanne and I were thrilled to be raising our four children in this community and being close to her mom and dad, Wayne and Cookie Christensen.

I have volunteered in the community for decades in a variety of capacities including canvassing for Heart & Stroke and Canadian Diabetes, driving a bus for local sports teams, helping with the Raise the Roof campaign for the museum. and building hangars for several clubs in the city. When I migrated to renewables, my colleagues and I prepared the food bank for new flooring at the old credit union location. When the food bank moved to the old RCMP building on Main Street, we removed the bars from the cells, painted and upgraded the fluorescent lights in the office. My work team and I built 60 picnic tables, 30 for the Ag Society and 30 for Heritage Acres. I served as the Facilities Chair for the 2019 Southern Alberta Summer Games.

I served on city council from 2010 to 2013, then took a break as my kids were in their final years at home and wanted to spend more time with them. Now is the time to run for a city council job. I am a logical and practical person with experience in managing large scale projects

I imagine a diverse and inclusive city, where people feel safe, supported, welcomed and a part of something bigger than themselves. It is important to me to see our local businesses thrive, to listen to our citizens and to communicate with them and other stakeholders in an efficient, timely and accurate manner.

I learned financial management skills in my job where I oversee operations and capital budgets equivalent to the city’s annual budget. I regard fiscal responsibility as a priority and am prepared to make wise financial decisions on behalf of the citizens of the city.

I present myself to the municipal council to serve the citizens of this community that I love and to give back because my family and I have received so much living here. Thank you for considering me as a candidate for the municipal council.


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