Mayoral Candidate Maria McFaddin - in her own words
I am Castlegar born and raised. I moved away for post secondary education. Life brought us back 17 years ago to buy a local business.
I am married with three kids and many more that have become family, and we are having our first grand baby this month!
I have worked in our education system, social sector, and the service industry, construction, and I actually love meetings, I know that’s weird!
We love the outdoors and love to hike, rock climb, boat, and pretty much anything that will get us out into the beauty that surrounds Castlegar.
My education began in advance science and mathematics before it merged into leadership development and conflict resolution. On top of my bachelor’s degree, I have taken courses in crisis management and debriefing, accounting, critical thinking and much more. I have had the opportunity to travel our province to work with leadership teams and organizations on two key areas:
One, how to work past our differences to create a healthy, diverse, collaborative team. Two, how to set priorities, and goals and plan out how to execute them. I owned a business for 8 years in Castlegar. This taught me about adaptability.
I am a current Councillor and have been through the last few years, which were extremely challenging. I believe that all of these qualities are what prepare me for the role of Mayor. I look forward to serving our city in a new capacity.
Councillor, City of Castlegar