I live in Edmonton, Alberta. I’m proud to call myself a Canadian.
I don’t consider myself a progressive. To be honest, I’m not even sure I know what that label means.
I enjoy the mountains.
I reject partisan politics. If you look through the archives here, you’ll see that I have voted for every major party in Canada at one time or another, for various reasons.
I yearn for a leader. Even if that leader belongs to a party.
I like learning. I know more about politics (and life) now than I did a year ago. Time marches forward.
I love meeting new people and reconnecting with existing friends and acquaintances. You never know what will come of a relationship.
I care about the future, and I try to approach it optimistically.
I believe I can help to create the kind of the world I want to live in. The kind of world I’d be happy to leave behind.
For a few hours at the end of February, I was in the mountains, meeting new friends and reconnecting with others, discussing the future of Alberta, and learning a great deal from some very smart people.
It’s true that my expectations going into Reboot Alberta 2.0 were pretty high, but in retrospect, I think they were misplaced anyway. I was expecting outcomes of some kind, deliverables even, but instead was presented with the opportunity to think. The chance to slow down for a day, to really consider things. To listen.
Maybe if I had gone to the first Reboot Alberta I’d feel differently. I completely understand why those who did might have felt like they were rehashing the same thing again.
I agree that action is important and necessary. But so are conversations. I don’t know where Reboot Alberta will go from here, but I’m grateful for the opportunity to take part.
You can see my photos from the event here.