Ralph Forsyth 

Campaign Slogan: Making a difference through innovation, enthusiasm and leadership

Age: 33

Occupation: Entrepreneur, ski instructor, involved in human resources training, and co-ordinates Fire & Ice shows.

Volunteerism: Co-chair of the Whistler Advisory Planning Commission, volunteer at 2010 Information Centre, writes letters for Amnesty International

Skier, golfer

Hobbies: Rugby, painting, and "the most skilled user of a Palm Pilot in the world."

Web site: N/A

Last book read: All Families are Psychotic by Douglas Copeland, Good to Great by Jim Collins

Why are you running for council?

Because I think I can make a unique contribution, a different contribution. My campaign slogan, "making a difference through innovation, enthusiasm and leadership," is a representation of my values, and my values are a reflection of the community.

I’ve made the decision to run for council with the encouragement of my friends and family.

I have an opinion on all of the issues, but don’t want an issues-based campaign. When people focus on issues, it’s usually because they’re pursuing some kind of agenda.

I’m not pursing an agenda. I want to provide the community with a level of service.

There are three promises I make to people:

One is a promise to tackle the issue of affordability, which is an aspect of sustainability.

Another is to have a 12-hour office day on Wednesdays, commit the entire day to public services and consulting the community. If you want to see me in my office, at my home, meet me skiing or go a coffee, that’s fine. I believe community consultation solves issues.

The last point is accountability. I will publish a monthly newsletter with my interpretation of the issues of the day, what came across council’s desk, how and why I voted the way I did, so you have an accurate reflection of how my values have guided the decision making process.

It distinguishes me from my opponents, and raises the level of service you can expect from local government.

What are the major accomplishments/failures of council since the last election?

I’ll do one of each. The failure of the current council has been a failure to innovate, and by that I mean having a focus on a mission and doing a rigorous assessment. It’s the failure of council to commit to any solid and tangible mission.

The word focus is the key. I’m not sure where the current council’s direction comes from – are they mission-based, or whether they are using community values to guide their decisions. It’s not a failure of individuals, it’s a failure of the process.

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