For Rebecca Alty, the mayor’s job is to encourage teamwork and collaboration.
From her commitment to work closely with Indigenous, territorial and federal governments and non-profits, to her plan for assembling an “economic advisory council” that would provide policy advice to city council, Alty is positioning herself as the candidate that will bring disparate groups together to hash out problems and come up with answers.
“My leadership style is very much about listening to people, figuring out what the problem is, figuring out what success looks like and then finding those solutions,” said the second-term city councillor.
With experience inside the GNWT (communications), the private sector (communications and community relations for Diavik Diamond Mine), and the non-profit world (former executive director of the Stanton Territorial Hospital Foundation), Alty said she is familiar with the inner-workings of large institutions and can leverage that knowledge to find benefits for the city.
For example, she said, economic opportunities will arise out of mine closures and the clean up of Giant Mine, and the way to seize them is by bringing governments, the mining companies and the city to the same planning table.
Of course, building a healthy city takes more than just talking to those clutching the purse strings.
Alty said it’s important for elected officials to go into communities and speak with people about their issues.
“A healthy community is where residents are able to access services that they need and really get to participate in many of those programs and services,” she added.
Invigorating downtown is top of mind for most of this year’s council contenders, and Alty is no different.
As mayor, she would urge council to tweak existing bylaws, such as the Development Incentive bylaw and Zoning bylaw, to encourage and speed up new developments.
Alty supports the city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness and wants to reexamine on the city’s long-term financial plan.
“Right now we’re really focused on our budget, which is more of a year-to-year document,” she said. “We really need to look at that 10-year, long-term plan so that we’re proactive versus reactive with resources.”