Why did you decide to run for council?
September 24, 2013 is a very important date, in more ways than one. In this instance, it is your day, the voting public's day, to effect change. You can't turn a corner in the grocery store without having a conversation about what is going on in our town. Like you, I am no different when it comes to concerns and what is perceived to be done — or not done — to address the issues and concerns. Being a part of town council is something I have had in the back of my mind since the late 1980's. I wasn't sure at the time if I would be taken seriously because of my age. I have seen many changes since then — some I like and some I don't like, some I grumble about and some I turn a blind eye to. Well, obviously the grumbling didn't work. It is clear that if you want change you have to effect change and to effect change, in my mind, you have to be a part of the decision making process. Therefore, I have put my name forward to represent you, the public, as part of the process.
What are your top three priorities?
There are so many important outstanding issues, concerns and needs of our community that I find it difficult to isolate three. What is of utmost importance to me is the safety (by-law enforcement, sidewalks, speed bumps, etc.) longevity (economic stability and land development) and well-being (improved recreational infrastructure) of our community. How do we accomplish this? The safety, longevity and well-being of our community are all related.
Our town presently has some outdated, dilapidated, sub standard recreational facilities. With new/improved facilities more people will have access to recreation for indoor and/or structured activities, this is very important in a town such as ours, with the long winters. Improved facilities allows us the ability to offer more opportunities and attract more sporting events. Increased ability to participate in a greater variety of physical activities provides more opportunities to be active.
Enforcement of by-laws, speed bumps, implementation of and improvement to existing sidewalks and walking trails, enhanced playgrounds and greenspaces, etc., will not only improve the look of the town and help citizens feel safer, but will also create a safer area for walking or running along the town roads. What is the point of putting rules and regulations in place regarding ATVs and motorcycles use on the bike path if they are not enforced?
Perhaps the new town council will see fit to put in place rules and regulations regarding the development of land, (if they don't already exist), but what's the point if they are not enforced and adhered to? There has to be a clear and concise plan put in place regarding any future development, and perhaps explore ways to somehow minimize the amount of sand blown about in some areas of town at the same time. This also relates to the issue of safety.
These improvements to the town may then in turn attract new business to set up in this area, increasing the economic stability. Detailed and comprehensive networking and cooperation between the Town, 5 Wing Goose Bay and the federal government could allow for the base to be utilized to its full potential, further increasing the longevity and economic stability that presently exists.
Why should people vote for you?
As a life-long resident of this town I have been involved in many different aspects of life here and have been on many volunteer committees with diverse groups of people. This exposure has given a great deal of insight into some of the various concerns of the different interest groups and also of people’s individual priorities. Those who know me know that I am very approachable and I am always willing to listen and to help where I can. I am committed to representing you, the public, and my community to the best of my ability with pride and conviction.