Football head coach George McDougall Mustangs is gearing up for a different kind of contest – an election campaign for city council.
Head coach George McDougall Mustangs is gearing up for a different kind of contest – an election campaign for city council.
Chris Glass, who has coached the Mustangs for seven seasons and previously coached the Airdrie Raiders midget football team, said he was motivated to participate in the race for the chance to be part of the municipal decision-making process, especially with regard to sport. facilities and resources.
âOne of the things I noticed when coaching football at Airdrie is that we lacked facilities to host provincial, national and international events here,â he said.
He explained that the lack of amenities is the reason he took the initiative in 2019 to bring together like-minded people to form the Airdrie Turf Field Project Society. The only objective of the company is to lobby and obtain funds for the installation of artificial turf at the Ed Eggerer sports park.
âI’m not the type to wait for someone else to do something,â added Glass.
Outside of training, the sports enthusiast has worked in the aviation industry for over two decades, having worked for WestJet and the Edmonton International Airport. He said he currently works for Flyht Aerospace Solutions, creating aviation software.
In 2006, Glass’ work led him to return to Calgary, where he is originally from. Upon his return, he said he couldn’t afford to buy a house in town, which led him to buy a house in Airdrie.
However, after getting to know the people of the community, Glass said Airdrie has become more than the place to lay his head at night.
âAirdrie became my home pretty quickly after that,â he said. âOnce you start training enough kids, meeting enough parents, and meeting enough community members, you start to put down roots in one place. “
Glass added that while his main motivation for running for the board is the turf field project, he will also advocate for other important projects and initiatives, if elected.
He said this includes proper resource planning for a proposed recreation center in the western part of town, as well as policies and projects to help boost sports tourism in the community.
âAs much as I’m a football fan who wants to see the grass pitch being built here, I started to see that I can really accomplish some things that I think are important to me,â he said.
The first-time candidate said his solution-oriented approach to problem-solving and his humble nature are what makes him a good fit for the job, explaining that focusing on a cooperative effort towards a result is most efficient at getting the job done. He added that one of the most important attributes of a city councilor is accessibility.
Regarding the Fields Turf project, Glass said he was able to be successful in his advocacy because of his connections in the community, which allowed him to cut down on bureaucracy. He wants to make sure that other people with ideas and fewer connections aren’t left out of the process.
“My concern is what happens to people who are just as passionate about things that maybe don’t have the same connections or who don’t have the same ability to meet people and go about things? He said, “How do we voice their concerns? How do we get their plans on file? “
Glass’s ultimate goal, he said, is to develop Airdrie into a community that caters to people from all walks of life, and has the services and amenities to maintain local businesses and attract others. people in the area.
âI would like to make Airdrie a destination for sports, a destination for festivals, a destination for small businesses and a destination for engaged citizens,â he said. “I want to bring the city I know and love to the world that may not already know us.”
A campaign website for Glass is not fully operational at time of publication, but will eventually be accessible via chrisglassforairdrie.com