â€œLangley is the best place to call home and has an exciting future,â€ said Carla Robin in her announcement that she is running for a seat on Langley City council.
She sees the urban rebranding of the City and its image as having created strategic plans which are â€œripe for implementation.â€
She claims â€œcommon sense and business acumenâ€¦ coupled with my listening skills, will make a difference for the people in Langley.â€
â€œWhen I champion a cause or an issue, I donâ€™t rest until it is resolved,â€ she said.
An entrepreneur who has spent more than 30 years in land development, construction, and property management, Robin says she wants to lend her experience to helping implement the Cityâ€™s Strategic and Master Plans.
She favours increased residential density and commercial activity in the City core areas, to promote â€œa vibrant downtown atmosphere.â€
â€œConcentrating on creating a true downtown core in the City of Langley will also assist in alleviating pressure on ALR development in our adjacent communities,â€ she said, â€œsecuring our local agriculture industries and precious food land for the future.â€
Her financial background includes responsibility for budgets of up to $50 million: â€œI will strive to ensure that the 2014 – 2018 Financial Plan for the City will include an open and transparent dialogue with the community where needed.â€
The long-time Langley residentâ€™s community involvement has included years of participation on various community committees, including the Cityâ€™s Recreation, Culture and Public Art Committee, Tourism Langley and Sport Langley boards, and numerous non-profit organizations.
As the first coordinator for the Langley Seniors Community Action Table, she worked with seniors to include representatives from seniors organizations on a number of City committees ,as well as the creation of the Seniors Advisory Committee in the Township.
Her work with seniors and in Langleyâ€™s equestrian community was recognized with a Queenâ€™s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
â€œArts and culture are integral to a healthy community,â€ she said. â€œThe City boasts life size horse statues from the public art project ,â€˜Horsing Around Langley,â€™ which I created to bring together the arts, agriculture and sports communities.â€
In 2010 she served as Director of Special Events and Community Building for the BC Summer Games in Langley, and also brought the Cityâ€™s community groups together for the Langley Youth Spirit Festival 2011.
â€œI will provide thoughtful positive leadership for the City of Langley, respecting the opinions and input of all others in making my decisions,â€ she promised.
Carla Robin has a website at www.carlarobin.ca.