CANDIDATE: Lorraine Dick (GF -- Council)

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Please give a brief summary of who you are and why you have decided to run for office.

Too many times we stand aside and let the waters slip away, till what we put off till tomorrow has now become today. So don't you sit upon the shoreline and say you're satisfied. Choose to chance the rapids and dare to dance the tide.

Grand Forks has been home to four generations of my family. Regardless of where I have lived in Canada, Grand Forks has always held my heart! I want Grand Forks to do more than survive, I want it to flourish.

I am running for office in order to play a role in the evolution, development, and sustainable future of our community. I realized that it is time for me to take the next step and use my professional experience in the ultimate of community service.

What is your background? Have you held office before? What skills do you bring to the job if you are elected?

Knowing that good government involves following: due process, teamwork, mutual respect, creation of a united vision, and leadership, I offer my skills, passion, and professional experience to the city of Grand Forks for the purpose of creating a viable future for us all. 

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Regina and more than 20 years of experience in technical writing, information management, and education-related fields. 

I bring to Grand Forks City Council my organizational and communication skills, and my passion for learning and applying that knowledge to whatever it is required.

I have had a long relationship with the Grand Forks Economic Development. I volunteered on the Grand Forks Economic Development Advisory Council for the 2008/2011 Council chairing the tourism committee and again I volunteered during the 2011/2014 Council. In 2011, I received a Community Leader Award.

What do you think are the top three challenges facing the city in the upcoming term?

  1. n light of so many businesses lost to retirement, I think it is vital that we address the issue of attracting new business. 
  2. Capitalizing on our history, geography, and culture, tourism is of critical importance to our economy. For twelve years, tourism reports have suggested over and over again that we would benefit from the creation of a Destination Management Organization. I would like to encourage this to happen.
  3. How can 4,000 people can support a community of 8,000?

How do you plan on addressing these challenges?

  1. I don't believe our local economy is declining. What I see are a lot of businesses retiring without succession planning; leaving the door open for creative entrepreneurs to walk in and make their dreams a reality. What is needed is marketing our community to those with business ideas who are looking for a place to make it happen. Grand Forks has a lot to offer most businesses including, and most, importantly a enviable lifestyle
  2. I would encourage the creation of a Destination Marketing Organization for the entire Boundary with the focus of Boundary tourism marketing.
  3. I would like to see some research into whether or not the amalgamation of Grand Forks with Area D to create a Regional or District Municipality is viable.  

If you could describe yourself in three words what would they be?

I am an approachable, articulate problem-solver. 

What is the one thing that makes you stand out as a candidate? OR What is the one thing you want people to know about you? 

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