Ward 6

Jeffrey Michael Brownridge

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Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. The Calgary Public Library is an invaluable and inclusive resource for the communities within our ward for equal access to books, magazines, audio materials and a wealth of other materials. Calgary Public Libraries provide programs that enhance learning and skill development for people of all ages and backgrounds. Our libraries are great meeting places where our communities can come together and connect with each other.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. I can still remember receiving my first Calgary Public Library card when I was six years old and the joy I experienced of looking forward to when the Bookmobile would make a trip into our community. I also remember what it was like to discover new books and to be able to check them out and take them home.What is your

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. I think that I would highlight the various career development programs that the Calgary Public Library offers.  I think that these workshops and seminars can be invaluable to those who are new to the workforce and for those who are making a career transition and perhaps haven’t had to interview or prepare a resume in a very long time.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. I am currently reading Execution: The Art of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. 

There are so many good books that I could recommend for others to read, but the one that I will recommend right now is The Art of Happiness by the Dali Lama.  I am recommending this book as it will inspire you to practice the discipline of self-reflection and this discipline will in turn help you to discover what happiness truly means to you.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. I have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar so that would be the instrument that I would be most likely to borrow.

Alex Colombos

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Q. Which Library do you use the most? 

A. Signal Hill Library in Ward 6

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. We are very fortunate to have libraries in our communities. Allowing individuals and families to enjoy a wide variety of books, DVD’s, magazines and online content strengthens our ward by allowing residents to be more informed on their interests. The library also allows members of the community to take programs and meet people while learning about similar interests; meeting members of the community with similar interests can accelerate great ideas for the ward! Also, if one needs access to computers or internet that they may not have; the library provides the ability to utilize them for advancing one's careers or connecting with loved ones that may not live in our community or Calgary!

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. My Mom took my sister and me when I was 5 or so and we went to an SPCA program to learn about dogs at the Alexander Calhoun Library in South Calgary. We ended up adopting the dog at that program - she chased my toy car around and because of that we found a great family friend, what luck! That Dog was a neglected Cairn Terrier (the same dog as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz but she had butterscotch hair color). We named her Butterscotch and she brought us some great experiences and ongoing memories to my sisters, my parents and me!

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. The book selection is my favourite. I also like the toy area and drop in story program for young families. It allows our kids to get interested in reading and story telling while allowing parents to meet other parents. For all you e-reader fans the Cloud library has a great selection of books and content that is growing every day that you can take out using the app on your favorite tablet device. Just like the library you can take that book out for a set period of time in its digital format! I just started using this service and it is another very easy way to enjoy a great selection of books that is growing everyday!

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. I am currently reading "It worked for me - In life and leadership" by Colin Powell, it was recently loaned to me from a good friend. I would recommend reading local economist and author Peter Tertzakian's - "A Thousand Barrels A Second" as it helps provides a unique perspective of the energy industry and where one of Calgary's economic contributors fits in from a global perspective. His follow up book The End of Energy Obesity is also a good one for similar reasons but you should start with "A Thousand Barrels A Second". I am also looking forward to local author’s Chris Turner’s – The Patch the story of Fort McMurray and the oil sands in northern Alberta. Hopefully the library will have a copy that I can read after the election!

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. I would most likely borrow a guitar; it is an instrument I have always wanted to learn to play. I admire the ability of musicians that can pick up any instrument and add a unique musical touch to any atmosphere. Hopefully, if I borrow a guitar I will do more than strum which is all I currently know!

Sanjeev Kad

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Q. Which Library do you use the most? 

A. Signal Hill

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. BIG, BOLD, and BEAUTIFUL ideas happen when we come together as a community. The Signal Hill library is a true hub and incubator for those ideas. No matter who you are or what community you are from you are welcome in the library – to learn, to debate, and to make the community a better place. The Calgary Public Library is a community institution and one that everyone in my ward can count on. 

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. It is simply fantastic that citizens can book meeting rooms at the Calgary Public Library. My wife, daughters, and I have attended several different types of sessions that have been volunteer run at the Signal Hill Library. These were immensely helpful as we were getting acquainted with our new home after living in Finland for so many years. The interaction we had at the library in our early days gave us a sense of community and taught us about Calgary.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. The library is a place for information sharing – not just through the books but through the sessions put on and hosted at each location. I think the most valuable resource, and one of my favorites, would be the Career Basics programming that the Calgary Public Library puts on in partnership with Bow Valley College. I am a passionate advocate for supporting job creators – and this type of programming helping Calgarians get to work.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. Most recently I read “Decisions” by Jim Treliving. Jim is the owner of the Boston Pizza franchise and I have so much respect for his business acumen and leadership style. As the owner of two Boston Pizza locations in Calgary it was an excellent opportunity to gain a new appreciation for all Jim has done.

I would recommend “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by Chris Hadfield. The book has a clear message – nothing in the world is impossible. I believe that; and want Calgarians to believe that as well. We have a BIG, BOLD, BEAUTIFUL future ahead of us in this city.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. I have tried the saxophone, piano, and guitar – and I was pretty unsuccessful. I think I’d have to try out the drums this time around – nothing could be more BIG, BOLD, and BEAUTIFUL than my first time on a drum set. 😉 

The important lesson here is that you should always try! I love that Calgarians will have a chance to try something musical.

Grace Nelson 

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Q. Which Library do you use the most? 

A. Signal Hill

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. Education is freedom. Knowledge is empowerment. The Library is the vehicle. Its' passengers are the programs that takes its readers to new worlds and allows the imagination of Ward 6 residents to soar.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. Reading books, listening to music and motivational recordings gave me hope when I was broken. A new library at a new junior high school opened up my world, allowed me to travel and my imagination to soar.

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. Music Library, Reference Books, Internet Access

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. My Name is Shield Woman” by Ruth Scalplock.

The author is a close friend and political colleague. I recommend the book as it’s a true story of her survival of the residential school system, service to others, defending her rights as a First Nations person, and being a champion of change on all levels.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. Violin. It’s a very versatile, interesting to play instrument that carries many beautiful sounds. I have a piano, keyboard, guitar and many other percussion instruments.

Esmahan Razavi 

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Q. Which Library do you use the most? 

A. The Central Library

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. The Signal Hill Public Library is an incredible institution and pillar of ward six. It provides residents in the ward with access to space to expand their knowledge and skill sets, build community, and give back. With a free library membership, residents have access to advanced technology and information systems to facilitate the research of any subject they can imagine. Each library in Calgary is different in that the staff know the needs of the communities they serve. The Signal Hill Library has quite a few young families as their patrons, eager to encourage their children to practice reading. The Reading Buddy Program pairs children with a volunteer to improve their literacy skills and discover the joy of reading. This allows residents to give back while contributing to the socio-economic wellness of the ward. Education and skills development opportunities including English Language Learning, Spanish classes, health resources, resume building, business classes, and networking sessions are available for aspiring entrepreneurs, newcomers to Canada seeking employment or those simply seeking a change in their career. Most importantly, the Signal Hill Library serves as a place where imaginations have no limits and residents can all come together to learn and flourish.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. My earliest library memory is my elementary school librarian allowing me to borrow books from the older children’s section because I had finished the ones in the section for kids my age. I remember the first book I chose was from the Goosebumps series!

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. CPL offers so many great programs and resources-I currently make good use of booking a free meeting space. In fact, many campaign meetings have been held in the program room of the Signal Hill Public Library!

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. I always have more than one book on the go. Currently, I am reading Germany Puts Back the Clock by Edgar Mowrer and The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.

I would recommend one of my favourite books, Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee. Another one of my favourite authors, William Faulkner, said, “The only thing worth writing about is the human heart in conflict with itself”, and Waiting for the Barbarians is a perfect example of what Faulkner was talking about. Without giving too much away, the story is about a man who works for an unjust government. He is faced with the moral dilemma of participating in an unjust act or rebelling against his government and that dilemma and its fallout left me thinking for weeks! An added bonus is that if you love reading beautiful language, Coetzee is a sublime writer.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. A xylophone because that is the only musical instrument of the ones mentioned that I know how to play (and even then, the only song I can play on it is Mary Had a Little Lamb!)

Steve Turner

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Q. Which Library do you use the most? 

A. Downtown CPL

Q. In your view, how does Calgary Public Library strengthen your ward?

A. CPL helps educate the ciizens of my Ward.

Q. What is your earliest library memory, or, tell us about an experience you’ve had at Calgary Public Library that made a positive difference to you.

A. Earliest memory is reading "Where the Wild Things Are".

Q. What is your favourite program or resource at Calgary Public Library?  

A. Favourite resource at CPL is books.

Q. What are you reading now? What’s one book you would recommend others read, and why?

A. I am reading "God Grew Tired of Us" and I would recommend it because it really emphasizes what we take for granted.

Q. What musical instrument would you be most likely to borrow from our musical instrument lending library, and why? (We have banjos, drums, guitars, keyboards, ukuleles, violas, violins, and xylophones.)

A. Guitar because I've always wanted to learn it.

Jeff Davison 

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Sean Yost 

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