Shauna Morgan is seeking her second term on council and says she doesn’t want to make any promises she can’t keep.
“There’s no use in focusing on just one thing because as a councillor, you have to look at a huge range of issues and be open-minded,” she told Yellowknifer. “It’s more about the kind of person you’re electing and how they make decisions and how they’re going to approach any problem that comes along.”
Morgan wants to see as much information and hear as many perspectives as she can before she makes a decision.
“When I do make a decision,” she said, “I’m open about what my rationale is and what my values are what led to that.”
Her councillor profile states she was born and raised in Barrie, Ont., and has been delighted to make Yellowknife her home since 2008. Morgan has a B.A. Hons in International Development from the University of Toronto (including a one-year internship in the Philippines) and an M.A. in International Affairs (Conflict Analysis) from Carleton University.
Since coming North, Morgan has worked as a private consultant doing research, facilitation and community development work for First Nations communities in the NWT and managed the Northern Program of the Pembina Institute (a clean energy non-profit think-tank) for four years.
Currently, Shauna reserves a significant portion of her time for city council work, while also working as a piano teacher, builder at the Snowking’s Winter Festival and instructor with outdoor adventure camps for children.
Morgan’s extensive involvement in the community includes being: a board member with the Yellowknife Women’s Society, a member of Alternatives North and Ecology North, a longtime piano accompanist for the YK Choral Society, an assistant coach with the Ski Club’s Jackrabbits program and a broomball and soccer player as well as an avid Multisport Club participant.
During the last election, she pledged to address poverty and homelessness and to make Yellowknife more walkable, bikeable and liveable. She also focused on cost-effective renewable energy sources for the city.