Election 2014: Sandy Blue joins AbbotsfordFirst

City of Abbotsford: Blue will run in upcoming council election as part of slate - Council candidate

Sandy Blue has joined the race for Abbotsford council as part of the AbbotsfordFirst slate.

Blue said she thinks she can change the way business is done in Abbotsford.

“We need to support existing business as well as attract investment to create more high value local jobs. With assets like the airport, hospital, university and border crossings, as well as thriving agricultural and aerospace economies, Abbotsford should be a preferred destination for businesses and families alike.”

Blue has served in senior leadership roles, including six years as assistant vice-president marketing, sponsorship and brand at HSBC Bank Canada and 25 years at Telus/BC Tel. She has nine years’ experience in economic development including two years as business development lead at the Abbotsford International Airport.

Sandy has earned certified economic development accreditation from the International Economic Development Council and accredited business communicator from the International Association of Business Communicators. As well, she holds Canadian economic development certification from the Economic Developers Association of Canada and University of Waterloo.

Since moving to Abbotsford in 2000, Blue has a long history of community service, which includes service as vice-president of the Abbotsford Police Foundation as well as sitting on the police board. Blue was previously nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction Award.

She serves on the Urban Developers Institute Fraser Valley Committee, and is a frequent presenter to audiences including the recent Fraser Valley Economic Summit.

“Enhanced economic growth strategies and better management of our many assets will lead to numerous benefits for our community and help solve the city’s long-term debt challenges.”

AbbotsfordFIRST includes four other previously announced candidates Ross Siemens, Kelly Chahal, Vince Dimanno and Brenda Falk.