Candidate for Calgary-Varsity
Currently completing his Master's Degree in Communication at the University of Calgary, Alex moved to this province 22 years ago with his family. Like many people, his parents came to Alberta seeking better employment, and a chance to raise a family in a province which had great communities and was full of opportunities.
From a young age, Alex became involved in both civic affairs and sports. He became involved with Child and Youth Friendly Calgary, an organization whose goal was to engage youth in community participation, and to help develop a more youth friendly city. Alex was involved in various projects including a proposed youth friendly redevelopment of the Currie barracks as well as Calgary's downtown arts district. Later in life he enrolled in the National Sport Academy's hockey program at Central Memorial High School, and joined the University of Ottawa's rowing team over the course of his undergraduate studies.
These experiences taught Alex the value of civic participation, the importance of engaging various stakeholders within a community and that, in order to obtain results anywhere in life, you need leadership, perseverance and teamwork. These values have defined not just who Alex is, but also how he intends to serve the constituents of Calgary Varsity; Leadership to meet the potential that Alberta has as a province; Perseverance, as results don't come over night and there is much work yet to be done; and Teamwork, as a community leader should work with others to find ways to make our communities and our province a better place to live.
In the time since Alex has returned to Calgary to pursue his graduate studies, he has taken several opportunities to apply these values through various forms of volunteer work. During the 2010-2011 school year he was president of the Communication and Culture Graduate Students Association at the University of Calgary. As president, Alex was a chief organizer for the renewed Western Canada Communication Graduate Students Conference, a joint graduate student conference between the communication departments at the University of Calgary and Simon Fraser University. He also took the initiative to organize recruitment events for potential graduate students, as well as negotiate for improvements to student workspaces. During the 2010 municipal campaign Alex served on the youth action committee for a mayoral campaign that successfully engaged youth and other Calgarians as few had done previously.
Alex is attracted to the Alberta Party because he finds that it speaks to his core values. The Alberta Party's Big Listens demonstrate leadership, as well as teamwork, by bringing together Albertans from different walks of life in order to find common ground and establish a vision for the province. It also shows perseverance in the way that it views democracy as a continual process, and not something that happens every 4 years at election time. As your Alberta Party candidate for Calgary Varsity, Alex intends to uphold these values and give you an effective voice in the Alberta Legislature.
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