Get to Know Your Candidates: Mimi Williams, Ward 7

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 Mimi Williams from Ward 7 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?

Bringing my oldest son to the downtown library when there were still animals in the children's library in the basement. We took the bus there every week and it was a highlight of his early years.

He's 30 now and the animals are long gone, but it's still one of my most cherished library memories.

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

Book: Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
Movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Song: "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush

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

Too numerous to list. I follow issues more than I follow people.

I wake up every morning and check:

I read, and regularly.

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

Sarah Jeanette Connor from The Terminator movie series. Why? She's pretty kick-ass and understands the importance of the long game. Me, too.

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

It's not a book but I think every Canadian from school children to senior citizens should read the final report of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission.

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

I don't read myself to sleep; I fall asleep to documentaries and sometimes it takes me several nights to finish them. On my television right now is I Am Not Your Negro.

In 1979, esteemed African American writer James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished in this documentary and I am looking forward to digesting it and using it to reflect on my own life and the ways in which my community can address the difficult questions around race.

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?

The first time I was ever paid was for babysitting. My charges were 2 children of parents who were at a party at my parents’ house across the street.

I’m not sure if I learned the lesson from them or brought it with me from my parents but it’s the same lesson I’ve always tried to impart to my own children: always leave a place in better shape than when you got there.

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

Edmonton Public Libraries deserves its world-wide recognition as a community builder. Libraries are community hubs, places of learning and an important way for citizens who might not have internet access at home to connect to governments at all levels to receive the services they need.

I see EPL continuing to play an important role in building our city far into our future.