Beaumont is in my blood. Growing up on a farm just north of Beaumont and graduating high school in Beaumont has given me a lifetime of memories and friendships based in this growing city. A connection I did not fully understand until I became a parent and got married, it was then I quickly realized Beaumont was where I wanted to grow roots and raise my family.
Most importantly, I am a mother of two amazing children and the wife to a loving and supportive husband and we have two wonderful dogs . Together we are excited about what Beaumont has to offer our growing family and about how we can grow and develop the city that we call home.
My family history runs deep in Beaumont. My grandparents, both Goudreau and Hinse families were original settlers of Beaumont. They were instrumental in growing the community of Beaumont. Growing up we were involved in building and running the Beaumont Agriculture Grounds, and I am proud to say that at 21 years of age I was the youngest District Commissioner for Clearwater Valley Pony Club, the local Pony Club. It was a great opportunity and responsibility for me to take on that leadership role and work with all our partners, volunteers and members to grow our program. I was also a founding member of the Beaumont Horse Trials and served on the committee for several years. It was great to see and experience community coming together to make things happen and even more exciting that the horse trials continue today.
My work ethic and ability to set and accomplish goals has helped me from an early age. In High School I won a gold medal in Curling at the Provincial Championships. That curling team was the first team at Beaumont High to win a provincial championship. I've competed in Equestrian events at various levels while also taking on coaching roles. After high school I graduated with a diploma in Security & Investigations and obtained a Bachelor of Professional Arts Degree in Criminal Justice with honours which landed me on the Deans List. This has lead to a professional career where I worked in both nonprofit and private sectors. I have had opportunities to observe and help some of our societies most at risk citizens and create programs that would be adopted by the Provincial Government. My experience in the nonprofit has helped me gain an understanding and empathy towards vulnerable populations and I have often seen how breakdowns in both government and employers have put people in difficult situations. In the private sector I have investigated fraud, theft and worked with superiors and employees to develop programs aimed at the safety of employees and at preventing loss in the organization. I have a strong understanding of commerce and what it takes for a business to succeed as I worked closely with all areas of business operations. I believe that it is the employees of the business that need to be trusted and supported for a business to reach its full potential. People first! I'm currently employed as a Manager (Prairies) in Security and Loss Prevention.
Travel has also been a large part of my life. Travelling to various parts of the world has given me a well rounded view of various societies, something I believe will be beneficial while making decisions on council. I believe that it is my combined experience in the non-profit and corporate settings that would make me a strong advocate for both the people and businesses of Beaumont. I know that we must weigh and measure both longterm and short-term decisions knowing that a balanced and responsible approach is needed for the continued growth and development of our home.
I think that many of us realize or suspect that Beaumont is at an interesting moment in time. Our quaint little community, based in the culture and traditions we value has put Beaumont on the map which has seen us grown from a town into a City. Now our fair city is one of the fastest growing and safest communities in Canada. I believe the attention we have gained is good and earned but I also feel that we need leadership that will recognize our past and utilize the values that have made Beaumont such a great community when making decisions for Beaumonts future.
I continue to educate myself on matters of politics and business. I believe that an informed individual is empathetic, understanding and has a broad range of education and experience to draw from when forming opinions and making decisions.
When I thought about how I could make the biggest impact in my community with the skills and experience I have running for city council went to the top of my list. I truly believe I can make a positive impact on our community and I look forward to working to earn your vote to get there.
The future of Beaumont is about all of us, so let's team up!
Photograph by local photographer Darcie Goudreau Photography