Trevor Cameron has lived in Airdrie for 14 years and ran for council in 2010. The technical sales specialist says he is trying again because he wants to make the city a better place for his family and local residents.
- Why are you running for office?
I have been involved in charities giving back to the city, but my funds only allow me to do so much. By being part of City council, I feel I can do so much more. I also want to use my ability to connect with others to strengthen the connection between council and citizen.
- How will you help to make Airdrie a better place to live, work and play?
I will champion small businesses in this city to allow more of our citizens to work and shop where they live. This is especially important as we come out of this pandemic that caused so much turmoil and tragedy for our business community. Additionally, I want to focus on activities for our youths and teens. I see the lack of outlets for these age groups having a direct effect on the crime rates in our city.
- What is the most important issue in this election and how do you plan to address it?
Mental health, particularly amongst our young population. This pandemic has exposed how desperately we need more support in this area for not only those already vulnerable, but it has taken a toll on those who previously hadn’t suffered. While our provincial government wants to cut back on mental health support, I want to ensure we increase funding locally through programs already available via Community Links as well as finding new ways to ensure nobody goes without support when they need it most.
- How do you plan to be transparent and accountable to your constituents?
I feel we need more connection between council and the citizens. Right now, it seems there is more of a “pull” when it comes to critical information about how the city is run rather than a “push.” We need our council out in public talking with the residents to the point that you can’t attend a public event without seeing our council represented and available for questions.
- Why should residents vote for you?
I hope residents will see me as someone who honestly wants to represent them as one of them. I am not a career politician looking to use this as a step towards something “bigger” or someone who sees this as a part-time job to earn some extra money. I want to do this because I think my strengths and beliefs will benefit this city. I want to help us grow this city into the best version of itself and I think my life experience in the Armed Forces and civilian world including leading teams of people, project management, and conflict resolution will help me to do that.