Get to Know Your Candidates: Taz Bouchier, 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 Taz Bouchier 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 appreciated the addition of the Indigenous section making it easier to access Indigenous authors and their stories.

For years, it was difficult to find authors of Indigenous ancestry who share an introspective and insightful view of Indigenous culture and I am impressed with the range of selections now available.

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

My favorite song is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"...a song that inspires me to think of rainbows and hope.

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

I read the Edmonton Journal, Windspeaker and use Twitter.

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

A fictional character that I relate to is the Ugly Duckling... for years I found it difficult to belong in a world that viewed difference as being unacceptable until I found my place of belonging within the hearts of those who thought and believe as I do.

Difference is OK and diversity creates a wonderful tapestry of colour that is art in itself.

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

This is a very difficult question to answer as there are so many fabulous books to read... one book that I have read numerous times is Our Elders Speak.

The primary reason being it provides an insightful understanding of Elders' wisdom.

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

The book I am reading presently is How to be Happy All the Time by Paramhansa Yoganda.

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 very first job was with Fuller Brush Industries as a door-to-door salesperson. The most valuable lesson I learned was honesty when speaking with and working with people.

As a teen, I did not know much about cleaning products and I let people know my limitations. To their credit and to my benefit, they were more than willing to teach me.

The second valuable lesson of being open to learning.

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

EPL is central to providing a much needed and valued service to the people of Edmonton. It is an excellent resource and community inclusive which are the trademarks of what makes Edmonton the wonderful city that it is.