Jarrett has his work cut out for him. As president of Oliver Community League, he deals with one of the most dynamic and vibrant (read: challenging) areas of our city. For starters, it's the largest community league in the city with over 19000 residents. Besides that it has the widest ranges of age of residents and income levels (the most expensive condos in the city and plenty of low income households). The population is always changing over as people move in and out of Oliver and new developments pop up.
He's the man for the job since his day job is in real estate development. His path to development isn't exactly linear. He was born in Saskatchewan and grew up in Manning, Alberta then moved to Edmonton for his Bachelor of Commerce at U of A. From there, he became a Chartered Accountant and eventually worked his way into the accounting area of a development firm. That's where his passion for real estate was discovered and he's since left accounting behind to run his own business as a consultant on infill for developers.
Apparently, Jarrett doesn't like to have any spare time. In the last municipal election, Jarrett was Scott McKeen's campaign manager (an unimaginable amount of work but worth it in the end). He is a founding member of IDEA - the Infill Development in Edmonton Association (with Carmen). Lately he's been working behind the scenes starting The Yards, a hyper-local magazine published by Oliver and Downtown Edmonton community leagues that will debut in December.
Jarrett's Favourite Things
He likes to try something new every time he goes to his favourite restaurants. Here's a few that he likes to frequent (in no particular order):
eat// RGE RD - 10643-123 Street
eat// Mrkt - 10542 Jasper Avenue
Jarrett loves going there for lunch.
drink// Red Star - 10534 Jasper Avenue
Jarrett is there about 3 times per week. He really loves it there.
Jarrett's Favourite Thing
covet// His 1976 Fishing Boat
It was a gift from his dad and lovingly given the name "The Friend Ship" by one of his friends. When the water in the river is higher, you can find him launching from Laurier Park.
Jarrett's Recommended Reads
read// Happy City by Charles Montgomery
It's a conversation on how we build our cities to foster happiness in its citizens.
read// The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
It's almost a self help book. It introduced Jarrett to Stoic Philosophy which he's picked up a few other books on since reading this.
read// The Yards
Debuting in December, The Yards is a new hyper local magazine published by Oliver and Downtown Community Leagues. It's shameless promotion from Jarrett who is on the organizing team.
Jarrett's Words of Wisdom
Whatever you're working on, whether it's a little personal goal or something large like a political campaign, it's important to break up the goal into small, achievable steps. Of course, keep the big picture in mind, but if you shoot for the big picture, it can become daunting. Take every step one by one and soon enough you'll find yourself a lot closer to achieving your goal.
His note illustrates something he's really passionate about: infill. We have a lot of low and high density residential in Edmonton, and he's working towards getting more in the mid-level.