For Maple Ridge council
• Name: Sara Dawn Beckett.
• Residence: Maple Ridge.
• Occupation/education: high school math and science teacher, Coquitlam school district; I also work part-time at The Keg in Maple Ridge; I have a Bachelor of Science from the University of the Fraser Valley and a Bachelor of Education from Simon Fraser University.
• Volunteer work: as a teacher, I have spent countless hours volunteering for many things (dances, fundraising events, awards nights, fashion shows). This past summer, I volunteered at the Caribbean Festival in the kids zone, and at the Pitt Meadows air show.
• Who do you support for mayor: I haven’t decided.
Question: Please provide an example of what you have done that qualifies you for council.
Answer: I have chosen to be well informed and educated; I have a Bachelor of Science from UFV and a Bachelor of Education from SFU. I teach high school math and science, and I take pride in my ability to lead, communicate, and face every situation with drive, integrity, and professionalism.
Q: Who is funding your campaign?
A: I have received funding from a variety of sources, including local businesses, a fundraiser, and various citizens of Maple Ridge. Unfortunately, campaigns cost money, and I am truly grateful for all the support I have received.
Q: What makes you stand out from other candidates?
A: My passion for positive change in a city I have called home my entire life. I know how to bring people together and work as a team, encouraging communication so that all parties involved in the decision-making of Maple Ridge, work together to achieve a vibrant and thriving community.
Q: How do you see the City of Maple Ridge developing in the next 10 years?
A: Densification of our downtown core, with more commercial businesses; Maple Ridge can be an amazing place filled with local shops, dining, and living quarters. I will advocate for a post-secondary institution; education facilities provide central hubs in cities they reside in, and bring infrastructure, jobs, and money to our economy.
Q: What will be your top priority if elected to Maple Ridge council?
A: A more active relationship with our RCMP in order to find ways to decrease crime and homelessness in the city. Council should be working closely with our police department and providing it with more support. Working together is the only way to move forward and achieve positive change.