Submitted by Lynda Haarstad-Petten
I was born and raised in Bentley, worked at the municipal office for ten years, and just completed three years as a councillor which gives me a perspective from all angles of running a municipality.
I may not be experienced as a mayor but don’t believe anyone ever is the first time they are in a new position. I do believe my past experience, not only in the municipal world but also in the many volunteer positions I have held, would make me an excellent representative for Bentley.
I am approachable, a forward-thinker and believe in consulting and open communication with our residents and am definitely passionate about the future of Bentley.
A developer has expressed interest in residential development but council needs to ensure that this will become a reality. Without people having a place to live there is no sustainability for commercial businesses. With the development of Sandy Point, we have a real potential of drawing new businesses by marketing Bentley.
Council needs to build the trust of our residents by providing open dialogue with them. We are elected by the residents to do what is best for the community but we also need to listen to them. We need to focus on younger families and find out their interests to keep them here – they are our town’s future. Seniors’ housing is another key issue. Rather than let them leave, we need to look at keeping them here – they helped build our town.
This community has so many individuals who could share their talents. Some means of facilitating these talents needs to be developed. Residents should not have to go out-of-town for their leisure activities and end up shopping somewhere else. We need to support our own town by keeping our dollars here.