Derrick Greenwood has called Airdrie home for nearly five years. The senior manager in information systems at Canadian Pacific says living and working around the globe has taught him a collaborative skill set that could be put to good use on City council.
He volunteers for a number of local organizations and says Airdrie has a sense of community that makes it a great place to live.
- Why are you running for office?
I am running for office because I feel it is my duty to participate in keeping our community a great place and contributing to the challenges we surely face going forward. My family and I love this city and we want to help others see it as the best place to live in Alberta, if not the world.
- How will you help to make Airdrie a better place to live, work and play?
My focus will be to improve opportunity for our youth. Opportunity for diverse education options, local employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, entertainment options for young and old alike as well as encouraging facilities that will support a wide range of sports of all kinds.
- What is the most important issue in this election and how do you plan to address it?
The most important issue in this election is sustainable growth. We cannot fool ourselves that the next four years will be easy. With the impact of COVID, we will need to make some tough decisions. I want to be at the table to be sure to represent the families of Airdrie and to be sure that priorities align with the people of this city’s wishes.
- How do you plan to be transparent and accountable to your constituents?
I am very open and honest at all times, not just after an election, but throughout my career and indeed, my lifetime. One of my key tenets in life is that the money that citizens entrust to the local government should be respected and treated like they had to work for it, because we all work hard for the money we pay the City and other levels of government. I am known for telling it as it is, and then working together to figure out how to solve any problems together.
- Why should residents vote for you?
As a seasoned business professional that has worked and lived all over the world, I have a keen appreciation for democracy and the inclusion of citizens in their government. As a husband and father, I have great interest in the safety of our kids and the opportunities we provide for them. I feel that the people of Airdrie are what makes this city a great place and I want to do my best to represent other families in the council chamber. I have built my career on a reputation of getting things done and I believe I can bring that to city council as well. I will absolutely serve our city’s people to the best of my ability.