BRENDA KNIGHT

Incument councillor Brenda Knight up for re-election in Lacombe County

Knight originally ran for County council in 2010

Brenda Knight, Lacombe County’s deputy reeve, is seeing municipal re-election this fall.

Voters head to the polls on Oct. 16th.

Knight originally ran for County council in 2010, so she’s coming up on the end of her second term.

“I’ve always had an interest in municipal work because I worked as an administrator for years,” she said. “The opportunity arose to join the other side of the table.” She also recalls a number of people encouraging her to run at the time, so the timing was right.

“And I like serving people, when you are in the municipal world that’s what you do,” she added. “Anyone who loses sight of that is not very wise.

“Councillors are decision-makers. And being part of decisions that will affect the lives of people 30, 40, 50 or even 100 years out is very fulfilling. It’s also very interesting to listen to the people, hear their views on what ever matters you may be discussing, and to do my best to bring their voices to the table.”

Knight said one of the biggest challenges in a county is to maintain a strong agricultural base while allowing for growth.

“I’m a cow/calf operator myself – and what I always say to people is that there are sights, sounds and smells in the country. And as councillors, we have to always keep sight that that always has to be first,” she added of the commitment to the industry. “Farmers fill all the fridges – whether it’s a town, a subdivision or a hamlet or an acreage,” she said, adding that ultimately that is key and avoiding conflict in light of that fact is essential.

“I think that sometimes when people move to the country they aren’t prepared for the massive changes, or even to the smaller areas,” she said, adding the lifestyle is different than what they may have been accustomed to in a larger centre, for example.

“So to me, that’s key – maintaining that balance.”

Other things she said she’s hearing about are comments over Inter-municipal Collaborative Frameworks. Knight said it will be expected that the County will have a working agreement with all surrounding municipalities touching the County’s borders.

It’s about collaborating with neighbours while maintaining the County’s own services to local residents.

“Municipalities don’t end at a border,” she explained. “We do have to learn to work with all of our municipal counterparts,” she said. “Having said that, we have to ensure we service our residents to the fullest as well. It’s a balancing act – there are a lot of balancing acts,” she added of County council work.

Looking to the next several weeks building up to the election, Knight said she’s looking forward to engaging with constituents all the more. “I’ve always had a very open door policy. If you see me in the grocery store, talk to me and that happens a lot,” she added, chuckling. “I have gone with sat with folks at home – that’s all part of what you do.

“I still believe you knock on doors and you talk to people. I still believe that that face to face is best whenever you can, and whenever somebody isn’t at home I always leave a ‘sorry I missed you’ notice, here’s my information,” she said, adding she also has the hamlets of Mirror and Tees to cover, too.

For Knight, being on County is a fulfilling venture – even on the tough days.

“The other night I was driving home and I just had the sense that we had made some very good decisions. What I like a lot too is working in the County – it’s a stellar place to work – the staff is fantastic. The fellow councillors – everyone brings something to the table. We are very diverse,” she said. “And we all get along which is so important, too.

“There is also no greater sense of why you do something then when someone says thank you.

“When you actually can help someone, it’s a wonderful feeling.”

news@lacombeexpress.com

Just Posted

Lacombe resident recalls growing up during Second World War in Britain

Sylvia Gillespie will be speaking at the LMC on Thursday

Lacombe’s Cow Patti Theatre donates over $27,000 to local charities

Cow Patti has raised over $500,000 since 1997

Blackfalds RCMP seeking information on activities of stolen Fountain Tire Truck

Blackfalds RCMP recovered truck following earlier collision and car-jacking

MNP Canada Games Torch Relay coming to Lacombe

Torchbearers will carry the torch on a 4.64 km loop around Cranna Lake

Blackfalds RCMP on scene of school bus collision and car jacking

RCMP are looking for a silver 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander with Alberta license plate BNR655

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

Eckville man charged with making child pornography

ICE Unit arrested the man on Jan. 10, he was again arrested by Sylvan Lake RCMP on Jan. 18

New food guide addresses ‘elephant’ in the room – alcohol

Experts welcomed the tougher stance on an issue they say demands a co-ordinated strategy

Cannabis sales up 25% in November as overall retail sales fall 0.9%

Cannabis store sales totalled $54 million in the first full month of legal recreational pot sales

Red Deer RCMP arrest eight in stolen vehicle operation

During the project, six stolen vehicles were located and recovered

$20K pay gap between women, men in Canadian tech jobs

The report defines tech workers as people either producing or making extensive use of technology, regardless of industry

Catholic student says he didn’t disrespect Native American

Many saw the white teenagers, who had travelled to Washington for an anti-abortion rally, appearing to mock the Native Americans

Top Canadian athletes inducted into the Canada Games Hall of Honour

Athletes doing incredible things for communities are inducted into Hall of Honour, says Games CEO

New Canada Food Guide nixes portion sizes, promotes plant-based proteins

Guide no longer lists milk and dairy products as a distinct food group

Most Read