Bridget Mearns - Mayor Candidate
I was part of the group that prioritized inclusion and access for all to sports and recreation in the city. I like many of the current programs that the City is offering and I think we can continue to expand those to provide both formal and informal access points. Everything from walking paths to indoor fields need to be available and programs that help pay for the cost to join organized sports is one of the ways we increase access. The City also needs to keep investing in ways to spread the word about accessible sport and recreation so I like the monthly recreation guide and the apps that the City has added. Finally, I am in favour of programs, like the one at the Lethbridge Public Library, to lend sports equipment to residents. We need to keep looking for ways to bring recreation and sport to all.
Gary Klassen - Mayor Candidate
Times are tough and I would like all children to be able to experience the joys of different sports that are available to them, The importance of learning team sports, and team spirit are very valuable to children. But some sports are expensive, and people with lower incomes can not afford the luxuries, therefore I would like to see everyone have the same opportunity to participate
Blaine Hyggen - Mayor Candidate - No response
Steven Mogden - Mayor Candidate - No response
Sheldon Day Chief - Mayor Candidate - No response
Kolton (the Maniac) Menzak - Mayor Candidate - No response
Nick Paladino - Councillor Candidate
I totally agree that physical activity is paramount to the well-being of both the participant and the community, especially kids! Council should keep this in mind when facing requests for support & funding for both events and infrastructure. I believe a cost/benefit analysis will demonstrate the need.
Mark Campbell - Councillor Candidate
I have been a huge supporter of the Lethbridge Sports Council and firmly believe in the benefits of sports and recreation. Perhaps the question should be turned around to ask you how do you intend to keep council informed as to what the need is in the city. I would be a huge advocate for any new proposals that enhance our lives and still make economic sense.
Jerry Firth - Councillor Candidate
When I was growing up, sports was a lifeline for me and kept me focused on something positive that I enjoyed. I continue to participate in sports and recreational activities, primarily for my physical and mental health. I believe that everyone should have access to opportunities for sport and recreation.
Tim VanderBeek - Councillor Candidate
The city needs to keep fees down, keep an eye on scheduling and when planning new facilities and amenities determine what is a need and a want. It also has to keep in mind all of the different interests and abilities.
Chris Rowley - Councillor Candidate
For low-income families, I would look at more subsidies and grants.
Ryan Wolfe - Councillor Candidate
I appreciate the question. We need to do our best to keep prices to city run facilities reasonable. We need to realize that access to sport is good for all residents and we need to work with the organizations that run the leagues and teams within the city. I look forward to providing my support with these efforts.
Bill Ginther - Councillor Candidate
I wholeheartedly agree that sport and recreation are a vital aspect of everyone’s wellbeing. I think the city could do a much better job of making access to all sports facilities more affordable by reducing fees for those on low or very limited fixed income. Another way would be to provide more sports facilities and in particular a domed facility for year round soccer games.
Belinda Crowson - Councillor Candidate
There are several ways that City Council can better support sport and active recreation in the city. One thing Council can do is to continue to provide support for the Sport Council. Community conversations around these issues are essential. Council can lead and/or encourage conversations with partners and groups to discuss barriers and how to remove them. Council also provides support by ensuring there are appropriate facilities and that these facilities are accessible. Council can also lead discussion into year-round opportunities and support opportunities for winter sports and recreation. And if budget is a barrier, Council can look at their own fees but also support family budgets in other ways to help stretch the family dollar.
Kelti Baird - Councillor Candidate
Excellent question! I believe that sport and active recreation are intrinsic to a stable and supportive community, so funding facilities and programs adequately is extremely important. I also engage in active commuting/active transportation in the community, and am focused on building in infrastructure to support active transportation (separated safe bike lanes, interconnected networks of biking and walking paths, etc). There's a lot of work to do to ensure our community has equitable and accessible opportunities to participate in active living and sport.
Darcy Logan - Councillor Candidate
While some candidates may advocate for private sector management of recreation & culture, or de-funding this type of public service delivery, I am committed to making it affordable and accessible to all members of the community. Recreation and culture is an integral thread in the social tapestry of Lethbridge. We need to continue funding these opportunities, and maintaining healthy and productive relationships with the community partners delivering these services.
Davey Wiggers - Councillor Candidate
The City of Lethbridge, indeed all of Canada will face a massive challenge to regain a healthy balance to society's mental health and well-being. Sport will be an integral part to restoring that balance. It's common knowledge that physical activity doesn't just make us feel better, it positively affects our physiology. Beyond that, the social interactions and camaraderie are also crucial to our young people's health & wellness. An example how City Council can assist there, almost immediately, is the expansion of outdoor ice facilities for winter sport, green spaces for summer. Hockey, curling, figure skating, soccer, football, lacrosse, rugby and field hockey are all team sports that will check all those boxes, meanwhile not emptying the taxpayer's purse.
Ryan Lepko - Councillor Candidate
I do not believe the municipality should directly subsidize the growing cost to families. In my day, the reality is our family had to buy second hand equipment for my sports. I believe community needs to take care of community instead of government fulfilling that role. It is more personal and fulfilling person helping person.
Dale Leier - Councillor Candidate
The City Council can start by reallocating it's budget from areas that serve the interests of a minority of citizens to funding activities for children and youth. In particular, no child with an interest or an aptitude for sports should be prevented from participating due to funding.
Marissa Black - Councillor Candidate
Part of my platform involves breaking down barriers so that people, and children, of all abilities regardless of visible or invisible disability, are able to access the services they need. Part of the Recreation and Master Plan identifies availability to all and awareness as guiding principles. Proper advertisement of services is key to ensuring that people are aware of all the different programs there are for them to access.
Jeff Carlson - Councillor Candidate
It has been one of my priorities on Council to make all the amenities and activities in our community more accessible for EVERY member of our community. As such I have been an ardent supporter and sponsor of our Fee Assistance Program. As costs for programs and services increase, I will continue to push for the expansion of this program. Further, I was proud to make key Capital investments in recreation opportunities that are free and open to all. Recreation has always been a key pillar in my platform, and I will continue to be a staunch supporter.
Boyd Thomas - Councillor Candidate
The best way for the city to support sport and active recreation in our city is to hear recommendations from organizations like the Lethbridge Sport Council membership and to hear how the Sport Council plans to administrate their initiatives. Every organization exists based on supply and demand. I am a soccer referee and I have officiated games from the youngest leagues to the Alberta Major League Soccer games. Sports are essential to the health of this community and I would entertain creative and responsible contributions to ensure that everyone has opportunity to enjoy and/or participate.
Rajko Dodic - Councillor Candidate
Firstly, ensure that sport and recreational projects be considered as important and necessary projects in future Capital Improvement Programs. Secondly, ensure that existing facilities and programs be maintained or increased, where possible. Thirdly, continue with joint use agreements with schools so that their facilities are available during non-school hours. Fourthly, consider increased levels of subsidization for those who can't afford to access existing (and future) facilities and programs.
Shelby J MacLeod - Councillor Candidate
Every city Councillor must work together, especially the newly elected, so we understand the goals and cost implications as noted in the City's Recreation and Master Plan. Sporting events have always provided and been a gathering opportunity for people and help build the fabric of our society. People need spaces a place to gather, play, socialize and ultimately grow as a person. Sporting event have provided that opportunity - to gather for activity, which helps improves a persons sense of belonging, positive attitude, mental wellness, as sports reduces loneliness, while producing endorphins for good health and happiness.
Ryan Parker - Councillor Candidate
City Council can continue to provide the various facilities that are needed for sport and active recreation. We also need to look at reduced recreation user fees for those that would qualify.
Wally Schenk - Councillor Candidate
One very simple but effective way to begin to better the situation is for the councilor to attend a lot of lower tier local sporting events in person. Talk to the parents and the participants and ask them what they feel they need from council to improve their sports' situation here in Lethbridge. Participants and those most affected by any changes should have the first say in any of these improvements that affect their sports' situation.
Jenn Schmidt-Rempel - Councillor Candidate
We can continue supporting the work of the Lethbridge Sport Council and ensure that we’re making it a priority in planning and emphasizing its importance to residents. Council needs to remain focused on creating informal play opportunities and promoting healthy living. Informal play supports body, mind and skill development which can lead to greater organized sport activities. We also need to recognize the diversity of our population and ensure we’re identifying barriers and gaps, and providing barrier-free access recognizing age, skill, and physical ability. In my platform I identify that I am committed to working on the tasks outlined by Age Friendly Lethbridge, a designation that recognizes age-friendly cities and communities that promote healthy and active aging. As part of that Council must support life-long activity, including helping our city to move forward in the areas of community support and health services, and accessibility to outdoor spaces (among others).
Robin Walker - Councillor Candidate
City Council can support sport and active recreation in a number of ways. One was is through zoning, land use, and development; sport and recreation require space, and there are potentially many innovative ways that businesses, organizations, and neighbourhoods can share spaces to increase cost-effectiveness, supported by proper zoning, development, and land use bylaws. Another avenue is under public health. While public health falls under provincial jurisdiction, cultivating a positive working relationship with provincial representatives and lobbying the Province to support local sport and recreation initiatives on behalf of our citizens is well within the scope of our City Council.
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