Relationships are at the core of success and these are what I build.
Why City Council?
I've lived in Karhiio my entire life—and have no intention of changing that. I have the same concerns about our communities and City as you do—because I am your neighbour. I understand people, our environment and culture, our challenges, and our advantages.
My strength is bringing people together through engagement, collaboration and relationship building. My educational background and career experience in a variety of roles has given me the ability to achieve intense operational goals involving project life cycle development. I'm skilled at consistently delivering positive results to complex challenges in communities.
I see into details for viability in initiatives, I make sure every dollar counts, I ensure proper implementation, I successfully and continually advocate for what matters in our community, and I am able to promote appropriate practices for our betterment.
I am committed to successfully continuing as your representative and advocate, but most importantly as your locally accessible friend and neighbour. -Tom Shaw
How long has Tom been a resident of Karhiio?
From the age of two I grew up in Lakewood. When I moved out of my parents’ home with Kimberly, we lived by the Grey Nuns for a couple of years. In 2007 we moved to Knottwood, purchasing my wife’s childhood home. Loving the community, we renovated for a few years and have proudly created our forever home.
Why does Tom choose to volunteer with the Community League and why does he dedicate his time?
It started with volunteering to see how I could help the Community League in their hopes of building a new Community League Centre. This then turned into my becoming the President.
At the heart of it all is that I just really like to help in any way I can. Over the years we’ve built a great Board and continue our neighbourhood revitalization initiatives. Of course, I'm very excited to have led the team in building our new Centre and in raising over $1.5 Million by bringing every level of government and differing political parties together.
I take a lot of pride in my neighbourhood and want to be a part of making it the best we possibly can. I’ve spent a lot of time in my yard gardening and landscaping, which has been a great way to engage others and build strong relationships. Being on the Board has allowed for even greater outreach to many others in our communities.
What does Tom do as a career?
After years in both the private and public sector land development industry, as well as other private sector endeavors, I joined Alberta Health Services. I am a Project Manager within Capital Management at AHS with a decade and a half of experience managing many different projects of varying budgets, complexities, and constraint. Projects include varying level of intensity, like MRI or CT scanner renovations/installations, Stollery Children’s Hospital initiatives such as a NICU creation, the creation of Addictions and Mental Health spaces, OR designs, projects across the province, and site wide mechanical/electrical main line projects to name a few.
Bringing together stakeholder and leading multi-faceted teams within intensive levels of the health care industry has given me the expertise to manage a wide range of projects and people—from conception and initiation, to budgeting, scoping and procurement, design collaboration, and construction execution, then through completion and operations.
But beyond the actual projects, I have gained significant insight into Lean administrative environments, exposure to contract law, procurement, governance, and business/government driven processes. Even more importantly though, I have had direct access in bringing people together and delving in-depth into our clientele and the programs AHS offers, which all have enhanced my ability to fully understand the social challenges we deal with and how they can be resolved.
What is Tom's favourite part of living in Karhiio?
I love the people and the environment. There is such diversity in culture and age, and everyone is accepting, approachable and welcome conversations. I’ve built lifelong friendships and am able to provide my kids with the same sort of neighbourhood experience that I remember growing up in. Bikes on lawns, kids coming to doors unannounced asking to play, groups of kids walking together to schools that I attended, backyard fires with several neighbourhood families, and periodic garage “meetings”—all part of our community experience.
I am an avid gardener and enjoy renovations, so the large lots and mature landscapes, and the fact that so many take pride in our community, really fit what I wanted for my family.
What does Tom like to do for fun?
I’ve always enjoyed playing volleyball, baseball and Texas Holdem, as well as camping and getting together with friends and family. I gained a green thumb from my mother, so gardening has always been a passion—and of course spending time with my family in the community we love. I’ve also grown to love carpentry and am constantly coming up with new renovation projects for our home and yard.