Lynne Mulder says she made the decision to seek a fifth term on Red Deer City Council after some careful thought and reflection.
“Building community is at the heart of all that I do,” Mulder told the audience at the Oct. 4 candidate forum at Westerner Park.
Mulder explained that volunteering with various not-for-profit groups (including the SPCA and United Way Central Alberta) has allowed her to give back to a community that has given so much back to her, while also giving her the opportunity to continue to learn and grow.
“I believe my professional knowledge and skill set, together with the significant council knowledge and experience I have gained over the past four terms would continue to be an asset to the new council team,” she added.
Mulder has over 30 years of experience in senior leadership positions in post-secondary institutions, including eight years as Vice President Education at Red Deer College.
Looking ahead, Mulder says she is excited for opportunities that lie ahead for Red Deer, such as developing the Riverlands area and the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
She also notes there are ongoing challenges that need to be dealt with.
“[Challenges like] responding to our ever changing economic climate in a fiscally responsible and accountable way, continuing to focus on creating a safe community for all our citizens, and [continuing] to focus on building relationships with federal and provincial governments to create strategies to address poverty, and the associated social and criminal issues.
Mulder told the audience at the Oct. 4 that building a positive and productive relationship with our Indigenous population, as well as other diverse groups in Red Deer, is also very important to her.