Name: Sandy Blue
Party affiliation (if any): AbbotsfordFIRST
Management Certificate – Administrative Management (BCIT)
Ec.D (University of Waterloo)
CEcD (International Economic Development Council – IEDC)
Accredited Business Communicator (ABC) International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)
Occupation: Manager Strategic Economic Initiatives, City of Maple Ridge
Previous political experience:
Residency (city/neighbourhood): Abbotsford
Commissioner – Abbotsford Police Board
Vice President – Abbotsford Police Foundation
Marital status/children: Married 32 years. 3 adult children, 6 grandchildren
LinkedIN Sandy Blue
What do you feel are the three key issues Abbotsford voters should be considering in this civic election?
1. Creating a business friendly approach to assist existing business and attract much needed investment to grow the economy
2. leveraging the many assets of Abbotsford to the benefit of current and future generations (Mill Lake, Airport, Border and Freeway access, University, Post-Secondary, Hospital) and key sectors including agriculture and aerospace
3. Establish / strengthen relationships with senior government, industry, business and post-secondary to develop practical solutions to priority issues. Work together to develop and deliver long term strategic approach
What’s your plan to deal with homelessness in Abbotsford?
I believe we should facilitate discussion with subject matter experts, considering proven methods from other jurisdictions to create a ‘made in Abbotsford; FOR Abbotsford’ solution
How would you make city hall more accountable and transparent?
Leadership starts at the top with Council setting the direction. As a governance body Council establishes the direction and ensures that staff has the direction, skills and experience to get the job done. Efficiently and effectively. I believe that we have talented staff at City Hall; and that they are doing their very best to deliver service to our growing City. Focussing on delivery of exceptional customer service is priority for me, as is being accountable and transparent with taxpayers’ hard earned dollars.
Are changes required in local municipal spending? If so, what are they and how would you address them?
I would ensure that priorities are aligned at City Hall so that the budget envelope matches the priority and that we are realistic when considering a balance of new infrastructure investments and maintaining existing. We need to stay within our means, with Council leading by example.