Sanne Dijkstra-Downie is our spokesperson for the Forth Ward, which includes the communities of Trinity, Newhaven, Wardie, Granton and Pilton.
She works for the University of Edinburgh, developing partnerships with donors and organisations who support its work on climate change and sustainability. In her spare time she can often be found (with a camera or a litter picker!) on Wardie Bay beach.
As a parent of two young children, she is well aware of the challenges faced by families who struggle to combine work, childcare and schooling – especially at the present time.
Sanne said: “Being a councillor is sometimes seen as difficult to combine with life as a working parent. Yet if those with young families are underrepresented at council level, their concerns can go unnoticed. So I think it’s really important that we elect people with a range of backgrounds to make sure that all groups are represented in local decision-making.”
Originally from the Netherlands, Sanne has been outspoken on the need for better and safer cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, so that people of all ages can enjoy being active in a greener and healthier city.
Having lived locally for over fifteen years, Sanne knows the ward well but she is always keen to learn more about the issues faced by residents, businesses and organisations. Please get in touch with her if you have any local matters you would like her to be aware of and let her know if you can help us to deliver our free Focus newsletter.