Sachi is a trained bean counter (Chartered Professional Accountant) and holds a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge. She loves working as a Community Services Accountant for the City of Red Deer as it allows her to help improve the lives of Red Deerians, share her experience and knowledge, work collaboratively with and learn from passionate colleagues, and continuously improve business processes.
Sachi was born and raised in Ritto, a small town in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. She grew up being surrounded by nature; she swam in Lake Biwa, a UNESCO Ramsar Wetland, as well as hiked and skied on mountains in her prefecture. These fun experiences combined with frequent visits to a local nature centre with her father cultivated her commitment to environmental conservation. She believes in taking small but steady steps in climate change actions. She has demonstrated her commitment by leading the implementation of the composting at work program for 2 divisions at the City of Red Deer. As a member of the City's Green Team member, she collaborates with other team members to inspire City staff to participate in organization-wide environmental initiatives. She hopes to continue supporting, increase her participation in, and/or inspire others to take climate change actions at the City, including neighbourhood planning, composting at home and work, recycling, and reducing energy usage.
When she is not tweaking spreadsheets, making recommendations, or preparing budgets, Sachi loves spending time with her family and friends, playing piano, hiking, cross country skiing, playing with animals, learning foreign languages, and volunteering.