Get to Know Your Candidates: Sandy Pon, Ward 9

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 Sandy Pon from Ward 9 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?

Getting my first library card as a kid.

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

Movie: Our Souls at Night

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

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

Elizabeth Bennet. She is a do-er and independent.

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

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. The book is about how people behave and think, how little things can make a difference in their lives.

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

Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin. A great book on Abraham Lincoln's leadership and the collaboration of people who don't get along.

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 boss was my mother who passed away last year. I was 12 and my first job was being a janitor, cleaning restaurants and offices floor to floor with my mom.

The one important lesson I learned from her is not to be ashamed where you started in life. True grit and hard work will prevail.

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

The library is like a brain of a community. Knowledge lifts people out of poverty and ignorance. EPL must continue to reach out and be accessible.

The modern-day library is not about just about books but also serves as a technology and community hub. Access to a computer with Internet allows people young and old to find extensive useful information quickly and gives the ability to connect with others far away.

The goal of a library is to empower people with knowledge. One can tell if a community is doing well when one see how busy the library is. A thriving EPL is a vibrant Edmonton.