Cecile Shewfelt describes herself as an utter people person and is a longtime resident of Drayton Valley, having lived in the area for the past 30 years. She raised her two children here, and she adores her four grandchildren.
"People are my poison, they are my passion. I have worked as a banker here, I have sold real estate here, I now run a business here," she said. "Family first is my motto."
As for what motivated her campaign for mayor Shewfelt says she wanted to give back to the community and wants to make a difference. She adds that she is big on conservative spending and possesses great people skills along with the desire to take communication between the town and the public to the next level saying "Communication is lacking, and it is a strong point of mine."
She says when stacked up to her fellow candidates, she has a mature advantage on her side.
"I have life skills along with maturity and I know a lot of the community so that helps," adding jokingly. "I am twice as old as the other two young pups running in the race."
Her top three biggest issues she would like to tackle while in office are fiscal responsibility, economic development which includes tourism as well as improving the relationship with neighboring counties.
If elected to office Shewfelt summed up her vision for Drayton Valley in one short sentence, "To get us out of debt and sustainable again."
Election day is on October 16. Shewfelt will be vying to be mayor along with Councillor Brandy Fredrickson and Councillor Michael Doerksen.
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