Mark at home with wife Meghan, and sons Carter and Sawyer.

Mark at home with wife Meghan, and sons Carter and Sawyer.

Hi, I’m Mark Davies.

 

Bios can be tricky. I think that all aspiring community leaders become too concerned with conveying a strictly professional point of view which does not necessarily provide an accurate picture of who they are. So, I am going to start with an absurd yet authentic story.

I think it’s safe to say that most people envision how a birth should proceed. The birth of my second son, Sawyer, certainly taught me a valuable lesson on nutrition and the unexpected. On the evening of October 6th, 2015, I decided it would be a good idea to binge a large bag of Cheetos while my wife, Meghan, slept. Little did I know that within two hours, she would go into labour with no chance to reach the safety of a hospital. A late night of unhealthy snacking turned into stress, regret, and an upset stomach while I delivered my son Sawyer into the world. Thankfully, he was born without any complications, and my wife was recovering comfortably. Watching them rest, I reflected on the night and recognized that tackling an important task with cheese powder on your fingertips is not ideal.

The ever fateful Cheeto

The ever fateful Cheeto

Like the sudden birth of my son, my professional career has not been straightforward. Over the years, I have worked in both the public and private sectors. I have persuaded influential decision-makers and CEOs of global businesses to bring their live events to Edmonton’s downtown core while working for PSAV. I also served as a Paramedic, witnessing firsthand the struggle of the City’s homeless and working to calm the fears of households beset by crisis. Lastly, I worked in City of Edmonton facilities for close to ten years, developing an understanding of operations and management, including budgeting and staffing.

“I am keenly aware how community and culture are critical to the quality of life for Edmontonians.”

Most importantly, I have lived in Edmonton for close to 40 years and have spent 13 of those in Anirniq (Ward 2). I love everything that Edmonton has to offer. Whether coaching sports such as youth basketball and community soccer, working as a volunteer and contributor at CJSR (an independent Edmonton radio station giving a voice to marginalized communities), or pursuing my passion for film and submitting projects to local film festivals, I am keenly aware how community and culture are critical to the quality of life for Edmontonians.

The wealth of skills and knowledge I have acquired from my professional, personal, and community endeavours has prepared me to represent Anirniq (Ward 2) and listen to its constituents as an elected official. If you have come this far with reading my bio, I am sure you have heard the expression “come break bread with me”, in my case, I like to say, “come crunch Cheetos with me.”

Comments from the Community

“Having known Mark Davies for over 35 years, I can say that I have always known him to be a dedicated, hard-working, enthusiastic individual. Mark's commitment to his community is evident in his involvement in helping his children, family, friends, and neighbours. I am positive that someone of his character would greatly benefit the citizens of Ward 2 and the city as a whole.”

— Chris Fahlman (Law Enforcement Official)

“Mark Davies strives to better his community in a positive way with his leadership and strength as a role model. I have complete faith that his positive outlook will strengthen the community.”

— Sarah Pullishy (Ward Resident)