Candis Kirkpatrick said she is passionate about the betterment of those things that are important to her, and Moose Jaw is definitely a priority on that list.
“My philosophy in life is: You never say you can’t do something; you look for a way you can.”
Therefore, the Tourism Moose Jaw executive director announced, on Thursday, her intentions to seek a seat on city council in the upcoming municipal election.
“I want the opportunity to help our city reach its amazing potential,” she told the Times-Herald.
According to Kirkpatrick, while Moose Jaw has become a destination for tourists in recent years, it is her hope to help make the community a greater destination for new residents, increasing business and industry as well.
“I think we really need to realize we have it.”
What “it” is, Kirkpatrick said, is the potential for the city to grow in size, offering more amenities to Moose Javians, as well as increasing the tax base to help tackle community improvement matters in a way that doesn’t overburden individual property owners.
Kirkpatrick said a larger tax base would help city staff deal with growing infrastructure concerns, as well as provide more money for the city to pay off its share of Five Hills Health Region’s new hospital project.
She said, while increasing the population is important, doing so goes hand-in-hand with the city ensuring necessary amenities are in place to handle the influx, as well as encourage businesses into the community that are necessary for servicing those new residents.
“We need to be ready for it,” she said. “We need to put the right face on our community.”
Kirkpatrick said she is the sort of person who is able to look at Moose Jaw in its entirety, always contemplating “what is fantastic and what needs to be addressed” locally. She said this perspective is something she would offer on city council.
“I’d like to think I see the big picture.”
According to Kirkpatrick, she believes growth is imperative to Moose Jaw’s future. Kirkpatrick said tourism is but one part of what will help the community thrive. She said the “whole picture” of Moose Jaw includes such things as promoting local educational opportunities, thus attracting new residents and businesses.
As a councillor, Kirkpatrick said, she would work towards economic development, which she believes is paramount to Moose Jaw’s future.
“I believe we need an economic development officer full-time at city hall,” she said, adding every business looking at investing in Southern Saskatchewan should be looking at Moose Jaw.
Kirkpatrick said she believes in her city’s future.
“If you aren’t proud of the place you’re in, you’re missing something.”
Carter Haydu can be reached at 691-1265.