Authorized by Nico Bot – financial agent for Phyllis Heppner 604-506-2338
Q1: Why do you want to run for Council?
In general, I have a lifelong interest in governance and a strong awareness that how we are governed makes a difference to our lives. So we need to be aware. Specifically, from serving on the Brookswood-Fernridge Community Plan, I’ve gained an appreciation for the process. I decided that I have something valuable to offer to every Langley community.
Q2: Does being a music teacher have anything to do with serving on Town Council?
Yes, it does. I have practiced problem-solving daily, for over 50 years. In doing so, I’ve learned to think creatively and find a better, innovative, and even beautiful solution to the problem before me. And all the time, in doing so, I have worked to be an inspiration, encouragement and a motivator because I know that I am dealing with real people.
Q3: How has running a business prepared you for this venture?
Number one: learning money management. Knowing that the dollars need to earned, and the dollars need to be spent wisely. Number two: I have become proficient in organizing, developing systems, and managing schedules. Number three: as I am in business for myself, I have discovered how to keep people engaged, learned to discern their needs in order to serve them better. Number four: experienced the value of working collaboratively and effectively with motivated people.
Q4: What character attributes qualify you for a position on Langley Town council?
- years of practicing honesty and integrity
- willingness to do the difficult tasks
- Intense focus when it comes to making decisions and planning for the future.
I have a genuine concern for people and the issues that effect their lives.
Q5: What is your answer to the problem of growth?
First of all, growth is not necessarily a problem! Healthy organisms must grow, so I believe that we should embrace growth but also come alongside and make sure the growth is proper and orderly, headed towards a great result. Often just tackling the problem from a new perspective, being proactive is the best approach. Growth needs to happen but we don’t want it happen haphazardly.
Langley Township is growing fast – and changing. It comes as no surprise that with along with growth and change comes the inevitable growing pains. Trying to stop growth is like standing in front of a freight train. Not very smart. But we can be smart when it comes to growth.
- Langley resident since 1984, classical and jazz musician, teacher, business owner
- passionate about each child’s healthy development
- convinced of the value of creating beauty all around us
- sure that our community’s amenities should include a superb performing arts centre
- offering leadership skills to our township
- Born in 1952, Moved to Langley in 1984
- 4 grown children: 2 sons, 2 daughters
- 12 grandchildren ranging from 6 months to 18 years old
- Taught piano from age 16 until the present
- Received ARCT Teacher degree with 1st Class Honours with Distinction and earned the Gordon Hallett Scholarship for Highest Mark.
- Earned a licentiate degree, LLCM in Recital Performance, from the London College of Music
- Music Festival Adjudicator
- Examiner with Conservatory Canada.
- Plays keyboard in a professional band, Quintessential Jazz
- Conducted personal music teaching business for 50 years
- Developed ‘the MUSiK SHOP’ in 2009, expanding to offer more instruments being taught
- Member of Mountainview Alliance Church (Langley) since 1984
- Active in music and on staff as music director for 3 years
- President of strata council – Langley, BC
- Elected President of South Fraser Registered Music Teachers Association in 201
- Joined Langley Morning Toastmasters in May, 2017. Became president in June 2018
- Member of Brookswood-Fernridge Planning Committee for Langley Township