July 16, 2018

Marina Appel running for Blackfalds town council

Marina Appel

I have always been interested in law, politics and how municipalities are governed, so in October 2013, I volunteered to join the Recreation, Culture & Parks Board. I have been on the board for the past four consecutive years; I was elected and have been serving as the chair for the past two years.  This has given me an in-depth understanding of how town business is conducted, and the relationships between our local, county and provincial governments and programs. 
During my years on the Rec Board, I have had the opportunity to contribute to and observe many town projects come through to fruition. Some of these projects include: completion of the Abbey Centre, upgrades to All Star Sports Park, the Wadey Visitor Information Centre, upgrades to the Blackfalds Community Centre, and addition of the new Parent Link Centre, the Bark Park, All Wheels and Bike Skills Parks, the completion of the Blackfalds Trans Canada Trail (featuring the first and only indoor leg in Canada), along with multiple themed playgrounds and parks throughout town.  
I have also served on the Council Remuneration Review Committee and the Community Place Making Initiative. 
Our town staff and previous government have done a wonderful job to make Blackfalds the fastest growing municipality (outside of an urban area) in all of Canada, as well as the fastest growing municipality in Alberta overall. I would love the opportunity to help build on that foundation and be an objective voice on council. 
We need to be proactive, not reactive.  I believe it is important to focus on successful problem solving, re-framing challenges and letting our community thrive.  We cannot know for certain what issues we will be facing tomorrow, but through increased business opportunities, amenities, services and citizens, we can ensure the betterment of our community. 
I look forward to being on a council that works as a cohesive team focused on growth, commitment, results, improvements and green initiatives.  I want to be part of a unified council that listens to our constituents, understands and implements changes that will benefit our town of Blackfalds.

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