Meet your DC council candidates: Johanna Martens

Johanna Martens

Age: 38

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Occupation: Local business owner of Myanna Consulting 

 

Tell us about yourself.

I have lived in the Dawson Creek area for the past 20 years, however, my family roots go further back than that. Both of my parents were raised in the area and many of my family are still here in the Peace Region. My family has farmed in the area and we have a very strong connection to the community. My grandpa Martin Hunter sat on the Dawson Creek City council from 1982-1985 and raised his 6 daughters to be passionate about their community. Today our family is still working on those values.

 I own and operate my consulting company, Myanna Consulting, and with the work I have done over the years working for the betterment of the region, I feel I have a lot to offer our community. I have had the opportunity to work with many different municipalities, stakeholders, and non-profit groups and it is through this work that my passion for building strong and vibrant communities has grown. I currently sit on a number of boards including: Director of the KPAC, Director for the BLT Society , and the secretary of the Dawson Creek Kiwanis Club. 

 

How do you spend your time around Dawson Creek for leisure?

I have the pleasure of raising my family here in Dawson Creek and we enjoy many opportunities our community offers. Most weekends we spend taking in community actives like Saturday mornings at the Farmers Market and scouting out garage sales. We enjoy taking our dogs for walks in Kin Park and down through out all the walking trails. Radar Lake and the wind towers are another favourite spot of ours and often in winters we go snowshoeing there.

 

Why are you running?

I am running for City Council because I believe in being involved in our community. I ran for City Council 4 years ago and was not elected, however, not being elected did not discourage me but in fact made me want to become more involved. I have worked hard over the last 4 years to do just that. I am also the mother of 2 extraordinary girls and 1 new born son and it was my oldest daughter who has been encouraging me to pursue my passion and run again. If anything I want to be a role model and  show my 3 children you can follow your passion. It takes courage and strength to put your name forward and they should never be afraid to do what they feel is best. 

 

We will be following with full interviews tomorrow! And don’t forget the DC Mirror council candidate mega-debate at Encana Events Centre Thursday Oct. 11.

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