Get to Know Your Candidates: Justin Draper, Ward 4

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 Justin Draper from Ward 4 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?

I was looking through a photo album, and I found my very first library card! I was born on March 28th, and the library card was dated April 2nd... I've been a card carrier for my whole life!

I guess it's never too early to prioritize early childhood literacy.

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

  • Book: Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin
  • Movie: Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Song: Long Walk Home by Scenic Route to Alaska

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

I'm a HUGE fan of many CBC podcasts... Under the Influence with Terry O'Reilly is probably my favourite!

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

I like to think I work like Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. I see the best in people, I see opportunity in my community and I'm not going to stop working until the job is done!

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

Cosmos by Carl Sagan. It is important to be curious about the world around you, Sagan challenges readers to question why things are the way they are.

When we are curious, critical thinkers, we are always looking for ways to make our world better!

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

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, another one of my favourite reads!

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 working in construction to build the Taste of Edmonton Festival in Churchill Square.

I learned to work under a tight deadline, and the importance of strong, effective leadership in a project manager... My boss had so many things to look after to make sure the event was a success, and it went off without a hitch!

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

Edmonton is so lucky to have world renowned libraries right in our communities. Libraries help promote literacy, and help to build critical thinking skills and communication skills.

When everyone, regardless of age or socioeconomic background can have access to the resources that libraries provide, our society gets smarter, and our communities get closer together.