How & Where To Vote

CONNECT – ENGAGE – SERVE

CONNECT

 

Vote for WAGNER

…….if you feel that my experience and skills (see below) can make a bigger difference on the inside of City Hall than the outside, like I do.

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Professionally, I am a member of the two associations shown above.

30 year career has seen me heavily involved in the day-to-day conduct and management of large files from start to finish on a wide scope of issues.  As a senior litigation paralegal, I collaborate with the lawyer, bill my time out at an hourly rate that is generally less than that of the lawyer, and perform substantive legal work in a law firm environment. Corporate/Commercial and Construction litigation are my main areas of focus while supervising a small paralegal department.

One of the key functions of a senior paralegal is an analytical mindset which insists upon evidentiary back up.  As a councillor, this means that I will not support decisions until I am satisfied to my own individual standards, that all facts have been gathered and that due diligence efforts are exhausted. I ask questions and seek sources because I care about getting to the right answer and I will ask questions in your best interests and that of our community.

Specific skills/responsibilities of mine that align with the role of a councillor are:

  • developing, interpreting and evaluating policies and programs
  • identifying areas/processes for improvement
  • personnel hire/termination & salary evaluation/allocation
  • determining appropriate sourcing/options for services
  • enforcing best practices, protocols and procedures
  • navigating voluminous amounts of data efficiently and identifying key data
  • maintaining confidentiality and financial integrity
  • carrying out all responsibilities with a high standard of care

It would be my privilege to serve our city for the next 4 years with the goal of ensuring a safe, affordable, cared for and sustainable community.

I work very hard for matters that matter 

You matter – our Community matters – and right now we need:

  1. responsive members on council who encourage openness and engage the residents
  2. action based results to diversify our non-residential tax base
  3. an in-depth review of the spending and operations of CUI

 

I encourage you to read up on all the candidates on vote4chestermere or synergy’s websites and please vote on October 14th or Monday, October 16th

 

 

ENGAGE

Without effective communication you will fail as an organization, no matter how good your intentions may be.

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In 2016 the City held a CUI Information Night and 26 people attended.  In 2017 they held it again and 16 people attended.  This is an example of a mode of communication that is simply not working so we need to change how our messages from our elected representatives to our residents are being sent.

While effective communication is one of our biggest challenges in Chestermere, it will also be the easiest one to change.

When people are included and communicated with effectively, it reduces questions, confusion and ultimately the frustration that can come when those two factors are absent.

As a resident, being informed of:

where your city is at – where it is going – and what the plan is to get it there

…….makes all the difference.

Effective communication encourages engagement and makes your greatest natural resource (which is your people)  a part of the process rather than a reaction to the process.

 

SERVE

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I want to contribute towards finding solutions for our future.  We can only look back so far because that is not the direction we are going.

It is mindful to consider what was done and what we learned but we need to focus on building our future and getting next steps in place.

I believe that we need people on council who will not just engage in discussions but start them.  Councillors who will be respectful in their dialogue and thoughtful in their decision making, paying close attention to the details in front of them and the ones not put in front of them.

Please Vote on October 14th or 16th (10am-8pm).

Research ALL of your candidate elects at:

vote4chestermere or on synergy’s website

Vote4Chestermere.ca Website Article:

You matter.  Our community matters.  Together we will turn this corner and make a positive difference with the goal of ensuring a safe, healthy, viable and cared for community.

Yvette Wagner’s (nee Kind/O’Reilly) family members have been residents of Chestermere for 30 years with her own family residing in Chestermere/area for almost 15 years.  She is a mom to 4 grown boys and married to Kevin, who has 2 grown boys of his own.  Her children/nieces/nephews all attended and continue to attend St. Gabriel the Archangel.

As a 30 year, senior litigation paralegal, former independent business owner and current member of the management team in a large law firm, Yvette believes that she has a unique skill set to bring to City Council.  Her strengths throughout her career and long list of volunteering roles have been her heightened research skills, attention to detail and her ability to build relationships and find solutions.  She holds herself and others to a high standard of ethics, hard work and due diligence and has 30 years of ensuring all possible information is brought to the table and that the best possible solutions are presented for review.  She does her homework and believes that a group of determined people can accomplish anything they put their minds to.

As a resident, your neighbour and a professional, she is asking for your vote to bring a diverse group together for Chestermere’s new City Council for the next four years.

October 4th Forum

It was an inspiring turn out by the residents of our city.  Thank you all for coming.  Someone stopped by and told me the saying about how people equate public speaking to being one of the most feared things in life and honestly I can tell you THAT holds some truth.

Very difficult to do and I commend all my fellow candidates for doing their best, as did I.  The questions thrown at you also could have used more context (i.e.:  Will that cost us money?) but again, we all did our best.

My message was essentially on the following:

  • my 30 year skill set as a litigation paralegal will be better on the inside of City Hall than the outside
  • as a paralegal we use something called “best practices” and those 2 small words hold a lot of attention to detail.  I will bring those best practices to every document put in front of me and ask questions and ask for the documents that are NOT put in front of me, or alternatively go find them myself
  • our community matters and we can do better to positively move Chestermere forward
  • encouraging all of the residents of Chestermere to do their homework on all the candidates – to please ensure they come out to vote – because the next 4 years depends on it
  • a safe, healthy, cared for community is the goal where there are spaces for youth, families and seniors, where interconnectivity with Calgary is ensured and where non residential in Chestermere gets increased to help offset our tax base that we desperately need to happen

My open ended question was asking one thing that I felt current council has done well:

  • my answer was ‘the beach’ – I used the example that when raising my kids here in Chestermere, while we had this lake – there were no spaces created that the public could use it.  My brother at the time lived in the Cove so we were able to access that – then private – beach.
  • the beach was ENTIRELY paid for by provincial funds so did not cost our municipality any money – however, as I mentioned it may and likely will cost us money down the road to maintain it
  • what I did not mention (due to absolute stress of being put on the spot and not thinking wholly as I prefer to do) is that the beach – as crowded as it has gotten this past summer – provides another place for our youth to go.  It adds to the social fabric that communities are made of and while it is not perfect and has some challenges of its own – we NEED more spaces like that for our PEOPLE.  Our families, our children.

Oct 2, 2017

Thank you to my good friends who joined me last week and today in going door-to-door! It makes such a difference having more ‘feet’ on deck and I appreciate your time!

A common question I am being asked is “How many councillor votes do I get?” The answer is that you can make up to six selections for councillors.

If I have your support as one of your six votes and you are open to having one of my small-signs on your lawn, kindly message me. That means more to me than any sign I could put on the road.

Two Week Update:
For Door-to-Door Knocking we have covered
portions of Springmere, the Beaches, Chesterview Estates, West Chestermere Drive, Hawkmere, The Cove, Kinniburgh and West Creek.
Flyer-Only Delivery Update:
Rainbow Falls, Lakepointe & Chestermere Station.

Getting there!

Yvette