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Canada Day at Bower PondsMost of the issues that tend to create conflict and misunderstanding boil down to lack of respect -- toward a differing point of view, toward the political process, toward other jurisdictions, toward the taxpayer, toward the people who have to make decisions knowing full well they can't please everyone but do the best they can, toward people with different experience, background, or personality traits. Mutual respect for one another gives us the opportunity to share our values and experience for the betterment of all concerned on any given issue.

Red Deer County FairI believe that if we listen to what others have to say, without preconceived notions, and try to 'walk a mile in their shoes' in spite of our limited shared experience, we can get an understanding of what their true concerns and values are. That does not necessarily mean we have to agree with them but it does give them the respect they deserve. Through consultation, even if there are clashes of differing opinion, a solution can often be found that is a 'win-win' situation for both sides of an issue. We also have to be willing to change our minds or positions about a subject if new information gives us a new perspective.

Unity in Diversity
Danish Canadian MuseumI value the differences between people whether it be through culture, value systems, education, gender, political or religious persuasion, or experience. Our diversity gives our society a richness that should be encouraged and celebrated. Through mutual respect and consultation, a oneness of purpose develops that creates an environment where the overall result is greater than the sum of its parts. In spite of our differences, people are much more alike than they are different.

Gasoline Alley memorial parkWe are the stewards of our land, water, air, wildlife and community. We must always strike a balance between the sometimes conflicting uses of development, agriculture, tourism, community health and well-being and recreation. On the one hand, our economic prosperity requires intelligent growth of industrial, commercial, residential, transportation, utility and recreational development. On the other hand, our environment needs to be protected against unbridled growth for the benefit of a few or at the expense of future generations.

My most valued virtues:
• Unity • Respect • Compassion • Service • Peacefulness • Justice


Paul at Tourism Red Deer
    • Advocating Intelligent Growth
    • Providing Community Options
    • Preserving Our Varied Heritage
    • Celebrating Our Rich Diversity
    • Protecting Our Environment
    • Promoting Alternate Transportation


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