Candice Kolson wants to improve the quality of life for every single person living in Airdrie.

That’s why she took over the Airdrie Farmers Market in 2009 – to support local businesses, artists and organizations. Over the years, Kolson introduced a program for local youth entrepreneurs to set up for free and discounted rates for local artists.

Kolson was also first elected to Airdrie City Council in 2013 with the intention to be a voice for women and young families.

“If I can play a minor role in helping people living in Airdrie to build their business, feel like their concerns are being heard, and helping to bring a sense of happiness into their lives, then I know I am doing what I was meant to do here,” says Kolson.

“As far as legacy goes, I hope I can inspire others to get involved. No matter your age, struggles, or what happens in your life, you can make a difference.”

Fellow Airdrie City Councillor Heather Spearman nominated Kolson because she never stops giving to the city’s residents.

“Candice has been an advocate for fairness in the city, and approaches everything with a cool mind, a gentle heart, and a warm smile,” Spearman says.