Mark Steffler has called Airdrie home for more than 20 years and says his more than 30 years of work as a municipal engineer will help him be an effective part of the process in seeing Airdrie continue to be a place where you can raise a family in a safe, diverse, and affordable community.
Steffler retired at the end of 2020 after working 17 years with MPE Engineering LTD. Where he was one of the partners and regional manager for the Municipal Engineering division.
- Why are you running for office?
I feel one of the greatest gifts we can give is to volunteer our time back to our community. My career has been supporting local governments, I have been a volunteer on the City Municipal Planning Commission for seven years and running for council is the next step in the progression of giving back to our community.
- How will you help to make Airdrie a better place to live, work and play?
I have seen the city grow from a population of 22,000 to now the fifth largest city in Alberta. I have witnessed some of the challenges that has come with that rapid growth. In the past three years, five new Area Structure Plans (ASP) have been approved, which are projected to increase Airdrie’s population to 110,000 people. We need to make sure that that the transportation, utility services, recreation facilities, schools, and environmental needs are addressed and keep pace as these areas develop.
- What is the most important issue in this election and how do you plan to address it?
I have two main issues. Family care, particularly senior care and the redevelopment of our downtown. I want Airdrie to be the place where a family can grow roots, where our children will want to stay in Airdrie, and where our seniors have their needs met, so they can stay in our community. With our increasing population and aging demographics, seniors’ housing and care options haven’t kept up with our growth. We need to develop strategies where seniors can transition in housing and care needs in our community.
Our downtown core needs a rebirth and once again become the heart of our community. I have a vision of a multiuse city centre similar to Kensington area of Calgary where people are living, working, dining, and gathering. With the growth we have and will see, it is pulling people away from the core. We need to bring people back into the core.
- How do you plan to be transparent and accountable to your constituents?
Transparency has become a bit of a buzz word. I believe it is more about integrity and trust. Transparency comes with trust and integrity. However, as with any business, council deals with items that need to be kept confidential. If residents have questions or concerns, I am always available to talk and will share what I can, while always upholding the values of confidentiality.
- Why should residents vote for you?
We have lived and raised our family in Airdrie for 20 years. I plan on staying here for the next 20. I want to see Airdrie grow in a way that will still have that small-town feel, with all the big city amenities. City council is about serving the people of the community. Finding the best solutions for the people of Airdrie. I feel, I will be that person, that people will be comfortable voicing their concerns to, knowing that they are listen to and respected.