Cal David. (Photo submitted)

Cal David. (Photo submitted)

Town council candidate Cal David

I worked as a physiotherapist in Natal South Africa, London England, and Coronation Alberta before calling Ponoka home. Ponoka has now been home for some 30 years.

I met my wife Karen of 27 years in Ponoka and my Children Emily (19) and Josh (17) were born at the Ponoka General Hospital. My passion for soccer has had me coaching minor soccer in Ponoka on and off since 1993.

Just this summer, I scaled back on my full-time occupation and would like to give back to a town that has been very kind to my family and me.

Having volunteered on other boards during the years (Police Advisory Board, Ponoka Minor Soccer, Central Alberta Soccer Referee, Ponoka Golf Course and Physiotherapy Alberta Committee) I recognize that boards, committees and councils need candidates that do not bring “agendas,” hidden or otherwise to the table. As such, if elected, my mandate is to listen to what the people of Ponoka deem important and to be their voice in council chambers.

Town residents have already expressed a few concerns to me, and their number one current priority appears to want to stop the crime and vandalism that has been increasing recently. Working with local businesses I believe that council may be able to assist with the installation of cameras in the downtown core to thwart these behaviours if not catch the perpetrators in the act and to assist law enforcement in apprehending them.

The outgoing mayor and council (and town employees of course) have done a fantastic job of creating and looking after green space in town. My desire would be for council to continue the process of providing recreational areas for residents of all ages. As a physiotherapist I see the benefit that regular exercise and movement creates for healthy communities and wholeheartedly support the creation of more recreational and sport opportunities.

The recent pandemic has demonstrated the importance of connecting via technology. A sub-committee of individuals who could brainstorm ways in which the town can assist in implementing a program that connects all residents to technology.

As a physiotherapist who works with many other disciplines for the betterment of a patient, we are one part of a much bigger team. I will bring that same team mentality to Council where we work together to make this great town flourish and prosper. My skills of managing a business should augur well in ensuring that council has a fiduciary duty to the residents of Ponoka.

And, for those of you who have seen me officiate soccer on the local pitches, you will recognize that I can turn up the heat if needed and that I am not afraid to show the red card when warranted. I have strong principles, values, life skills and am fiscally responsible and I want to represent you on our Ponoka town council.