With the goal of serving his newfound city, Sunday Adeleye has entered the race for Airdrie City council in the upcoming municipal election.
An engineer by trade currently working in the oil and gas sector, Adeleye also holds a bachelor of agriculture in agricultural economics. He said he moved to Airdrie two years ago, after previously living in Grande Prairie and other Canadian cities. He immigrated to Canada from Nigeria nine years ago.
He said a passion for volunteering and serving his community inspired him to put his name forward for the election on Oct. 18. He was the vice-president of the Nigerians in Grande Prairie Association, and served as a long-time member of the Boy Scouts organization when living in Nigeria.
“I believe the best fulfilment for everyone is to serve the people,” Adeleye said. “People need to step into places of service to make a meaningful impact in our society.”
He said his platform includes four main priorities, the first of which involves inclusive representation.
“We live in a city that is growing very rapidly,” he said. “With that growth, it means there is a diverse culture, diverse people and a diverse community that will be coming together to increase the population of Airdrie.
“Having said that, we need representation. We need someone there to bring everyone together so that everyone has a feel of involvement in our city.”
Adeleye added his second and third platform points include economic and infrastructure development.
Regarding economic development, Adeleye said he wants to advocate to higher levels of government for the establishment of a post-secondary institution in Airdrie. He argued a post-secondary institution would attract other economic opportunities and businesses to the city.
“When institutions like that are established, it's going to create more jobs and a higher influx of people,” he said. “We'd be able to take advantage of the city that is closest to us – Calgary – with expats and professionals coming in for institutions like that.”
As for infrastructural development, he said he wants to help improve the city’s roads and transit systems to accommodate Airdrie’s continued growth, and advocate for more affordable senior living options.
“As a fast-growing city in Canada, Airdrie needs a plan that is strategic enough to retain its population,” his website states. “There is a need for the city to intensify its plan for road expansion to ease the eminent congestion that comes with this growth.”
Though he’s only experienced two Airdrie winters, Adeleye said he feels the City’s winter road maintenance plan could see some improvement, particularly in regards to the City's snow-ploughing program.
“Although we don't have snowfalls very often, each time we do – especially heavy ones – I've noticed snow is just left on the road to melt off,” he said. “During that time, sometimes it becomes ice that becomes a hazard to the community. I want to be on top of that to make sure we have a [program] for effective snow-ploughing in our city.”
The fourth pillar in Adeleye’s platform is to develop and maintain a “flourishing” lifestyle in Airdrie. Like many other candidates, Adeleye said he supports the development of a recreational facility on the west side of the city to complement Genesis Place Recreation Centre, and added he also wants to help create more multi-cultural and diverse events in the city.
Overall, Adeleye said he wants City council to have effective leadership and that he feels he has the know-how to help make a difference.
“I believe what motivates a lot of people to come to Airdrie and stay is the conduciveness of the city – the welcoming nature of the city,” he said. “I want to assure the people of Airdrie that if I'm elected, I intend to maintain that level of conduciveness in our city and that level of welcoming atmosphere that makes Airdrie an inclusive city for us all.”
For more information on Adeleye’s candidacy, visit sundayadeleye.ca