Get to Know Your Candidates: Dawn Newton, Ward 5

We sent out a brief, fun survey about libraries to all of the nominees running in the 2017 Edmonton civic election to help you get to better know your candidates.

These are the answers that Dawn Newton from Ward 5 sent back to us.

Election day is Monday, October 16. Get to know your candidates, learn how you can support EPL,  and don’t forget to vote!

1. What is your favourite library memory or experience?

My family used the EPL 3D printer to build components for a model rocket. It was a joy to share in my children's delight as we launched the rocket together.

2. What is your favourite book, movie or song right now?

My favourite song right now is "I Lived" by OneRepublic. It speaks to how I feel about life, what I want for my children, and how I'm approaching this campaign.

The song includes lyrics that say, "The only way you can know, you give it all you have."

3. What magazines, newspapers, blogs, Twitter accounts and/or podcasts do you follow?

I read the Economist which provides a broader world view of our political and business environment.

I follow many local journalists on Twitter including @Paulatics, @estolte, @dstaples, @JurisGraney, @MarkConnollyCBC, @portiaclarkcbc and @ryanjespersen.

And on vacation, I enjoy light reading about fashion and health in Women's Health magazine, which I often enjoy in a hammock while camping.

4. Which fictional character do you most relate to and why?

General Leia Organa from Star Wars. She's a strong leader that fights for justice, which is something I relate to as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Zebra Child Protection Centre.

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

One by Kathryn Otoshi is a brilliant children's book that tackles bullying with a refreshingly simple approach.

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

In the evenings I enjoy reading with my sons who are six and eight. One of our favourite books is Moonshot by Brian Floca, which beautifully details the story of the flight of Apollo 11 and the moon landing.

7. Election Day (October 16) is also Boss' Day. Who was your very first boss and what was your job? What was one important lesson you learned from them?

My first job as a teenager was working at an antique auction where I cleaned furnishings and packed treasures after the sale.

I learned the importance of providing clear direction and ensuring that every member of the team feels valued.

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

EPL is so much more than a lender of books and videos. Edmonton's libraries provide an important gathering place to learn and share ideas, with educational programming and access to technologies that allow Edmontonians to create and build.

In my role as Senior Manager of Community Affairs at TELUS, I was able to direct financial support to the epl2go Literacy Vans that bring technology and programs to underserved areas of our city.

As Edmonton continues to grow, we need to ensure all areas of the city have access to important EPL resources.