Byron Vass

Meet Byron Voss who's running to join our City Council.

What ward are you running in?


What is your favourite library memory or experience?

When I used to volunteer as a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton, my little lived right across the street from the Highlands EPL branch. He would spend a lot of time playing video games at the library with his friends as he didn't have access to a computer at home. Often I would pick him up from the library and we would spend time going through the books, movies, and video games. It was a great way to spend our time together and get to know each other better. Those experiences really showed me how important EPL is for many different people.

What book is on your nightstand (or on your eReader or tablet) right now?

To avoid burnout I recently decided to take a break from the books on city building and municipal government and enjoy a mindless read. Currently I have the Quentin Tarantino Novelization of his film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood as my reading material. I'm also a huge fan of audio books while running/cycling and I'm currently listening to the audiobook of Macbeth by Jo Nesbo (I'm a bit of a Norwegian Crime fiend these days).

What is one book you think everyone should read and why?

Since I'm running for city council I should say something like Strong Towns, or Street Fight, however I'm going to go with a classic children's book, The Little Prince. Not only is it an easy read but it also covers some huge themes like the importance of imagination, openness to new things and exploration, and relationships.

If elected, what would you like to accomplish?

My primary goal is to set the city up on a long-term path to ensure Edmonton is prepared for the inevitable changes coming due to climate change. I owe it to my son and his entire generation to do all I can to give them a future.

What role do you see EPL playing in a thriving and vibrant Edmonton?

EPL is such a vital piece of this city and playing a role in resolving some of the biggest issues we are currently facing. From giving children a place to be safe and with community to helping those in need with finding jobs and creating a better life. Beyond that, culture is a key part of any thriving community and EPL provides so much access to various types of culture. I'm always shocked when I find out someone doesn't have a library card, they are missing out on so many books, movies (even streaming services), classes, workshops...the list goes on and on. We have one of the best libraries in the world, and I'm so proud of it.

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