Get to Know Your Candidates: Don Iveson, Mayoral Candidate

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 mayoral candidate Don Iveson 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?

Some of my favorite library memories are bringing my partner Sarah and our two children to the Milner branch for the Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn program and then watching the joy of my kids discovering a new book to lose themselves in.

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

My nightstand reference is A Manual for Living by Epictetus.

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

When I’m not making the local news, I’m reading it. I enjoy reading all of Edmonton’s daily and weekly papers. I’ve been really excited by the great work of Taproot, they’re producing some great local journalism.

I’m always excited to hear from, be challenged by, and engage with Edmontonians on Twitter and I love seeing the great shots of our city by @UrbanYEG.

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

Everyone knows I’m a huge Star Trek nerd. I used to be a Captain Kirk guy, but then I realized that his leadership approach is, shall we say, outdated.

So now I’m solidly a Captain Picard guy: he listens to those around him, he’s not afraid to ask for help when he needs it, he values doing the right thing over the easy thing and is always inspiring his team to learn and grow.

In sticky situations at City Hall, I sometimes ask myself, what would Jean-Luc do?

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

The Comeback by John Ralston Saul. It’s a book that reframes perspectives about reconciliation, treaty obligations and more generally the resilience and prospects of indigenous Canadians in an extraordinarily hopeful way. It was respectful and inspiring.

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

My tablet usually has the latest batch of Council Reports or meeting minutes that I need to read through for City Council Meetings.

When I can get away from those, I’ve been working my way slowly through Thucydides’ great history, The Peloponnesian War.

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 was mowing lawns. I didn’t really have a single boss as I worked independently. What I learned from that was self-motivation.

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

The Edmonton Public Library is one of this City’s most valuable resources. EPL was not only a huge part of my life growing up, but it enriches our entire City in ways that are hard to compare to anything else—particularly for vulnerable Edmontonians such as new Canadians and people who have become unemployed.

The Edmonton Public Library provides services and a safe place for anyone: in that way, it is the ultimate public good.

From their support for families, people learning a new skill or language, to the Makerspace that enables artists and entrepreneurs to pursue a passion, to the access to books, music, movies and information afforded all Edmontonians, our library system supports Edmonton as an inclusive, diverse and uplifting city.