For Maple Ridge mayor
• Name: Nicole Read.
• Residence: Silver Valley (13842, 232A Street, Maple Ridge).
• Occupation/education: owner, The History Group (project manager/researcher large-scale federal issues); Bachelor of Arts in History, SFU, 1999; Master of Arts in History, 2003.
• Volunteer work: Maple Ridge Community Heritage Commission, Yennadon elementary School Parent Advisory Committee, Carnegie Centre (Main/Hastings), Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre.
Question: Please provide an example of what you have done that qualifies you for council.
Answer: I have deep knowledge of regional and local issues impacting Maple Ridge and experience aligning stakeholders to achieve objectives. I have a Master of Arts degree from SFU. I own a successful business with teams across Canada, have secured $20 million in funding, and regularly manage projects of $10 million.
Q: Who is funding your campaign?
A: My campaign is entirely self-funded. Nothing is more important to me than the public’s trust. I have respectfully declined offers for funding and endorsement because I want the public to be certain that I represent everyone’s interests equally.
Q: What makes you stand out from other candidates?
A: There are three generations inside my home, children, adults and my senior mother. This gives me important perspective. I have managed complex, high-level government projects with large budgets and have a track record of hearing and meeting client expectations. I am an expert in Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation.
Q: How do you see the City of Maple Ridge developing in the next 10 years?
A: Safe, liveable neighbourhoods connected to an open, transparent government where decisions are made with all stakeholders at the table. An expanded inventory of commercial and industrial space to diversify revenue sources, create local jobs and stop over-reliance on residential property taxes. Increased transit, transportation infrastructure and more services for seniors.
Q: What will be your top priority if elected to Maple Ridge council?
A: Economic diversification to stop the over-reliance on property taxes. A stronger economy will create local jobs, keep spending dollars at home, support local business and provide greater prosperity for us to build the infrastructure that allows us to come together as a community – sports fields, playgrounds, an aquatic centre.