Van Rijn hits the ground running with Coaldale mayoral run

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Jack Van Rijn says he has big ideas for Coaldale, as the former southern Alberta Coaldale councillor hopes to gain the trust and votes of community members to elect him mayor Oct. 18. Van Rijn hopes for transparency and public input — which will be essential for the town. Another aspect of leadership he would like to bring to the council table is the idea of open Town Hall meetings — to ensure there’s accountability and accessibility from elected officials and administration. Van Rijn said he would also like the town to assist and support residents, business people and community groups — whenever possible. And, for the town to offer affordable rental access to town facilities for community groups and individuals. Another point that is a part of Van Rijn’s platform is the hope town can keep property tax increases to a minimum. “Drawing people together for the greater good of our community is a learned experience gained over my 40 years of extensive community involvement and volunteer leadership,” noted Van Rijn. Van Rijn was born in Taber. The large Van Rijn family farmed in the Readymade area until 1966 — when the family relocated to Coaldale, where Jack has lived ever since. As the youngest of 18 siblings, he learned about collaboration and consensus early in life. He has three grown children and six beautiful grandchildren with whom he loves to spend time with. Through Jack’s 35 years as a business owner/partner of Van Rijn Electric Ltd., along with spending countless hours of volunteerism, raising funds for, or actively participating in, seeing to fruition numerous community projects and events, he has established excellent relationships with many Coaldale and area residents. “Coaldale residents have told me our town needs a significant change in how town council and administration interact, communicate with and treat its residents and business people. Respectful dialogue and interaction are crucial for the betterment of our community,” said Van Rijn. “As your mayor, I will strive to make Coaldale an even better place to live, work and do business,” added Van Rijn. General voting day for the municipal election is Oct. 18. -30-

Jaxon McGinn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Sunny South News

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