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Alumni Spotlight: Sabrina Brar

Municipal Internship Alumni Spotlight: 

Sabrina Brar

Planner, Community Planning, City of Calgary

Land Use Planner Intern for Leduc County 2009-2011

Educational Background:

Bachelors of Arts from Simon Fraser University
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University

Tell us about your experience as a Municipal Intern at the Leduc County (2009-2011)

The Internship gave me exposure to various areas of planning.  I had a chance to work within long range policy planning and current development planning. Through this experience I learned that I had more of an interest in the day-to-day current planning applications, and that is the area I have focused my career in.

The various events held by Municipal Affairs, such as Executive Week were a highlight of the internship. The networking opportunities provided during these events were incredible.  It was also a lot of fun spending time with the other interns and getting to know them. I met some of my closest friends through the internship program.

Working with my mentors at Leduc County had an impactful experience. I was lucky to work with some great people at the County who all were extremely helpful. They taught me not only how to be a good municipal planner, but also how to deal with some of the difficulties planners face working at a municipality.

What do you find the most rewarding about working in Municipal Government?

The most rewarding aspect of being a municipal planner is being able to make a difference by engaging communities in the planning process, and being able to facilitate good responsible development.

How has the Municipal Internship Program helped prepare me for my career?

This Internship helped me immensely. The work experience coupled with the professional development opportunities has helped me go further into my planning career. The internship gave me a solid foundation in municipal planning, which allowed me to develop the skills and attributes required to be a successful planner.

What has been the highlight of your career?

Working on a few high profile and large scale redevelopment applications that are now currently under construction or close to being built! It gives me great satisfaction to see a well designed development and knowing that I had a hand in bringing that project to fruition.

Advice for Interns:

During Their Internship

Seek out all opportunities to get the most experience and exposure to planning. Attend public meetings, open houses and Council public hearings, in order to gain insight on some of the issues you may come across in your work. Get involved in all the projects and initiatives that your municipality may be undertaking. Take advantage of the grant money through the Internship program for courses you’re interested in and to attend conferences for professional development and networking.

After Their Internship

Keep in touch with people you worked with and other interns, you may find yourself working with some of them in the future! I have had former interns as colleagues at each of the Municipalities I have worked at since I completed the Internship program. I have even had former Interns as Applicants on some of my files. I also regularly run into former interns at various professional planning events throughout Alberta.


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