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Doug Woodhouse seeks election to Town Council

submitted best things I came away with from would like to see addressed is the
my time Ottawa was to not accept need for traffic lights along
Doug Woodhouse decided it's time that things can't be done, but to look Highway 16.
for him to give back to the for ways to GET them done,” he “It is just as unsafe for a vehicle to
community that has given him so said. cross the highways during certain
much, by running for a position on If elected, Woodhouse would build times a day as it is for a pedestrian,”
Edson Town Council. on past successes of Edson Town Woodhouse says.“This is
“I've wanted to run for a number Council as well as improve things unacceptable.”
of years but as a small business that need more attention. “During a recent transportation
owner, I simply couldn't dedicate the Transparency is important to the study, vehicle traffic was very close
time that public service demands,” public and Woodhouse believes that to the minimum required to install
said Woodhouse. “Now in 2017, my is as it should be. He says that while traffic lights and yet the province
situation has changed, which will the current council has made chose not to proceed. We need to
allow me to focus on the progress, there has to be more lobby the provincial government to
responsibility that serving the public emphasis on timely communication make sure this will happen for the
demands.” with residents, and to provide them safety of all Edsonites.”
Doug Woodhouse has worked, the ability to give meaningful public As a longtime Edson resident
lived, and volunteered in Edson for input. “Residents need a supported Woodhouse would also like to
more than 40 years. As a long-term avenue to voice their concerns. ensure law enforcement has the
resident, Woodhouse has watched Council needs to work together to necessary resources to help ensure a
Edson grow and prosper. not only hear their concerns, but safer environment. To make that a enough fair warning to drivers.”
“My family moved to Edson in also act upon them,” he says. reality, he realizes the necessity of Through careful management and
1972 and as a child I was able to Woodhouse is a life-long photo radar. “People have the ability thoughtful long-term planning,
witness my parents become involved volunteer. He has served on the to follow the law. We have the tools Woodhouse believes that past
with local organizations. It helped Community Care Foundation since available for drivers to chose successes can be built upon to make
make Edson home for us all,” says 2006, Chautauqua Edson Arts compliance. If you chose to speed, Edson an even better place to live,
Woodhouse. “It's also tough to get Council since 2001 and has been you pay the ticket and flashing work and play.
into trouble when everyone knows president since 2003. He has served speed warning signs at both ends of Please exercise your right to vote
who your mother is – and everyone on the Edson and District Historical town would provide more than on October 16.
knew who my mother was.” Society Board for the past five years
Woodhouse's diverse career path (and currently sits as President) and
has provided him with a skill set that is a member of the Centurion Club Troy Sorensen wants to expand arts,
is uniquely relevant to council and served on the Arts Touring
service. He was a small business Alliance of Alberta for six year as recreation, and event facilities
owner in the community, worked in Treasurer.
the House of Commons for four He is also a proud member of the Focused on Progress
years, and was a professional Joe Wynne Branch #51 Royal th
fundraiser for the University Canadian Legion, a member of the On September 18 , Troy Sorensen was
Hospital Foundation and the Pioneer Cabin and a member of the nominated to run for Edson Town Council,
Canadian Diabetes Foundation. Centurion Club. and last week he described his campaign
Working with the federal “I've served on many boards in a strategies to attract new business and labour to
government under conservative multitude of positions and worked support economic growth and diversification.
leadership, Woodhouse forged the with diverse personalities to reach This week Troy focuses on his intention to
strong work ethic necessary to common, community goals,” he modernize and expand Edson's arts,
succeed on that level. “One of the said. recreation, and community event facilities.
Another issue that Woodhouse The recent private offer to purchase the
Recreation Complex has stirred up discussions
Elect Krystal Baier within the community on the need for a new
Elect Krystal Baier for for
multi-use complex. Sorensen thinks “it's clear
we need a new facility, one that would be
Edson Town Council on Oct 16.Edson Town Council on Oct 16. suitable for sport tournaments, larger
performances like concerts, and events such as graduations. I also think
Edson would be perfect for regional trade conventions during spring
I will bring ideas and work effectively to break up on forestry or energy sectors.”
keep families and professionals in Edson by “Unfortunately, the whole multi-use facility topic has divided our
promoting healthy activities and well-being community when it should have brought us together under strong
of all ages, while supporting growth and leadership. I believe the community simply wants a large open-span
sustainability for Business. I value fiscal building in the center of town. At minimum it should have a 200' by 100'
responsibility to current taxpayers and space suitable for most sports, a running track, theatre seating and a stage,
future generations in order to remain stable a sound and light system, a commercial kitchen, and room dividers for
during the economic highs and lows. smaller events or breakout sessions.”
Regarding financing the large-scale project Sorensen adds “I would
Please visit my facebook page "Elect Krystal encourage it to be built in 2 or 3 phases so we don't have to break the
Baier for Edson, AB Town Council" for more bank all at once. Plan for additions and other improvements to increase its
information. Try emailing me at capabilities as future budgets allow. There are a dozen creative ways to or call 780-712- finance a major capital project like this, such as private/public
0244, to share your concerns or ideas for partnerships, without the need to raise taxes.”
our Town. When asked about the sale of the Rec Complex, Sorensen commented
“I don't think this offer was handled appropriately. The town should have
opened it up to a bid process as soon as an interested party came forward
and before any negotiations occurred. This would have addressed many of
Vote the public's concerns about backroom negotiations and undisclosed
details.” Sorensen adds, “In the end, I believe the sale of the Rec
JANET Complex is in the best interest of the town, but the optics are bad,
especially with a rush for Council to vote on it before the election.”
Sorensen looks forward to discussing this further with voters at local
WILKINSON events and on their doorsteps. In the next few weeks, he plans to describe
for Town Council his remaining three priorities to add parks, trails, and green initiatives,
develop goals and strategies for a proactive long-term growth plan, and to
on October 16 enhance senior and youth services.
For more information, please contact Troy at 780-725-3061 or
Troy Sorensen moved to Edson in 1997 with his wife, Monica, an
elementary teacher at Vanier school. They now have three children: Josie,
Emily and Jakob. Sorensen is a local business owner and has been
involved on numerous volunteer boards over the past sixteen years he's
lived in Edson. He gained experience in town issues when he served on
the Community Services Board in 2004-2005. He is a current Director
and past-president of the Rotary Club of Edson, and awarded Rotarian of
the Year in 2011. He was also a member of the Edson & District Chamber
of Commerce, Community Care Foundation, and Royal Canadian Legion.
Wilkinson, Janet He is also an active outdoorsman, fitness trainer, and martial arts
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