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I moved to High Prairie in 1973 from Kuwait as a young man. When I arrived in Canada I had to learn
English and fit into a new home, community and country. I understand the challenges immigrants face
when they move to High Prairie from another country. Culture shock is a very real thing to me.
I started working in the restaurant business as a dishwasher learning the operation of a successful food
business as I progressed to general manager, and eventually became the owner of many successful
restaurants.
I have spent almost half a century in our town and through the years have been a part of countless
provincial and federal boards, as well as many non-profit organizations. I am thankful for the many
opportunities, as this resulted in making good connections and relationships with all levels of
government. I am always striving to see the best outcome for our town, local businesses and our
community members.

 

Yes I have many plans! And I am excited to share them with you. If someone is running for office they should have ideas, visions, thoughts and hopes don’t you think? This is called a platform !
I want to strengthen our community by working with individuals and community groups to build a
stronger community. I will use the Five Pillars of a Successful Community (safety, good medical care,
recreation opportunities, good education and economic opportunity) , to make decisions that enhance
our town and ensure we thrive in the upcoming years.
My platform has the following goals:
 Increase Regional Health Services – not only ensuring existing services are enhanced, such as
mental health and physiotherapy, but adding more services for our regional residents such as
chemotherapy, ensuring dialysis program proceeds and construction of the helipad.
 Lower Taxes through Operational Efficiencies – conduct an operational review and a
comparison with other like-sized communities; review utilities and electrical payment structure
within High Prairie.

 Education – More post secondary programs for our graduates especially health related; business
administration focussing on municipal administration and health administration; more federal
funding for education courses.
 Support Family Friendly Activities – using the reclaimed hospital ground as a centrepiece for
family friendly activities , a splash park, outdoor ice rink, playground, picnic area and more.
 Build Indigenous Relationships – work closely with our neighbors in economic, health and
educational projects and opportunities.

 I understand how important health is in our community. While our High Prairie Health Complex
is an excellent facility, I want to ensure we reach its full potential serving our region. We have
many families that struggle with various health issues that unfortunately require them to leave
their home and their loved ones to get the service/treatment they need. This is unacceptable!
With the capabilities of our facility, no person should have to seek medical help away from
home. Dialysis treatment is a good first step but there are other services we should provide.
Various community organizations have lobbied the government for basic chemotherapy for the
last five years and our efforts should be acknowledged.
Mental health is also in a crisis situation in our region, especially with the current pandemic we
are all a part of. Currently our RCMP safely transport patients in distress to Grande Prairie for
overnight monitoring, which can add more pressure on our police.
 The family unit is important and I believe families need more activities to do together. Living in a
small town shouldn’t mean we have a limit on fun! I would like to see the old hospital site re-
purposed to a seniors/family-friendly park with lawn bowling, community garden, basketball
courts, splash park, outdoor skating rink and other ideas coming from community members.
With my experience working with federal and provincial governments, I know there is funding
available for such projects and how to obtain funding for your family.
 I want to see graduates not only get the best possible education for their future, but also bring
their new skills and knowledge back into our community, the place they call home.
 I would hold the line on tax increase and work with the administration to identify operational
efficiency that may lead to lower taxes.
 As Mayor, I would review policing in our town to ensure safety in our community. I support the
Enhanced Policing Program and would work towards more funding from the federal and
provincial governments for this Program. Ensuring the safety of all our friends and family is
something I feel is very important in our community and surrounding areas.

 

High Prairie already is a good community to live in. I want to build upon this base to ensure that this
holds true in the future. I want to use the Five Pillars of a Successful Community (safety, good medical
care, recreation opportunities, good education and economic opportunity), to make decisions that
enhance our town and ensure we thrive in the upcoming years.
I am grateful that High Prairie is a hub for many surrounding communities, including our wonderful
indigenous neighbours! I have had the pleasure of working with many First Nations Chiefs and Metis
Settlement Chairs and Councillors and their members throughout the years. We come together to watch
our kids play their favourite sport, we attend special events together, our children go to school together,
and long lasting friendships are made in our town. We have a lot in common and have similar goals and I
want to work more closely to build stronger relationships and connections

I am a devoted husband and father to 7 children, am a resident of High Prairie since 1973 and a local
business owner/entrepreneur for over 18+ plus years! I have grown to love and appreciate this
community and the people who make this “home”.
I have raised my family in this town and (hopefully) one day will see my children and your children raise
their own children here as well.
Being a Mayor is more than just a title for me, it is a duty and responsibility to the community one
serves. I have a vision of our community becoming stronger together, our families healthy and thriving
in every area of their life. With your support and your vote on October 18th, we can make the future of
High Prairie a great one!

 I would love to connect with you one on one or virtually if you prefer (Zoom), and address any
questions you may have. You can call me directly at 1-780-523-8552,  email me barry@barrysharkawi.com or send me
a Facebook message.