Get to Know Your Candidates: Rob Bernshaw, Ward 8

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 Rob Bernshaw from Ward 8 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?

On Wednesday Sept 20, 2017 from noon until 1:30 p.m. I had a great lunch and tour with the EPL team at the Mill Woods Library.

The time was well spent learning more about EPL and its contributions to all people. I believe EPL is doing a great job of providing the tools needed to help people's lives and quality of life improve and grow. Thank you for being there for us EPL.

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

Soul Surfer, based on a true life experience. An inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again.

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

I follow friends, Science and how things are made. Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Metro, community newspapers Rat Creek Press, Pincher Creek Voice, Global, Ryan Jespersen to name a few.

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

While fictional stories and movies are of great entertainment value and do have some character building qualities if one were to see them. Like the X-Men, for example, a great movie about accepting others as they are with love and respect.

Real life heroes are people that I look up for their indomitable spirit and attitude to overcome all obstacles without murmuring or complaint.

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

Left To Tell by Rwandan American author and motivational speaker Immaculée Ilibagiza (born 1972). A Roman Catholic and Tutsi as well as a motivational speaker.

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust (2006), is an autobiographical work detailing how she survived during the Rwandan Genocide, April 7, 1994-July 1994.

I love true life stories as they help me see what others go through to survive and thrive ordeals that make mine seem very small in comparison. I highly recommend this gripping autobiography that will tug at your heart strings about how the human condition sometimes oversteps their boundaries atrocious and horrific events such as the Rwandan Genocide, take place.

Hopefully by writing an autobiography and telling her story to the world nothing like that will happen ever again.

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

Surviving City Hall, a Memoir written by Donna MacDonald about her experiences after sitting 19 years on Nelson B.C. municipal council.

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?

Willis A. Shipley (1916-1990) I was in high school and Willis had a mixed farm in Glenwood Alberta where I worked after school and during summer holidays.

He was a mentor to me in my early years as he was the one when I was 16 years of age after I had caused some damage to a brand new out of the box baler. What he said has followed me to this day and has been a guiding principle in all I do.

Willis said "Rob, You should have seen what I did to a new baler. We can fix this." At the moment relief flowed through me and he showed me by the peace and love in his words that people were far more important than material possessions. He was a very wise farmer and a wonderful mentor for a young lad without a father.

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

I believe from the first day the Edmonton Public Library (EPL) opened its doors to eager citizens, EPL has grown with the times to provide knowledge and fun throughout the years. Now in the electronic age, EPL has adapted and changed with the times to provide good quality life long learning tools.

I believe the role EPL will play in coming years is one of exploration and adventure for patrons of all ages and skill levels. It is great that EPL sees a need and fills it with empathy and compassion and will continue to grow and improve as time passes providing the necessary tools to help all grow and improve along with EPL