Why are you running for council?
This is my home. I have spent most of my life here and see a need for leadership, a need for a Council that can move this town’s agenda forward. We are at a pivotal time with major projects on our doorstep and we are not setting the agenda. We need to assert ourselves to make sure our town has robust and vigorous representation when dealing with government and other major interest groups.
What are your top three priorities?
My top priority is people — their health, welfare, safety and well-being.
Water and sewer — We need to get the sewage treatment plant on-line. We are still dumping raw sewage into the beautiful Grand River and this needs to stop. People who live on the riverbank are regularly subjected to a foul stench and health hazards.
Housing — People should be able to get land at a decent price to build a home or rent suitable housing at reasonable rates. I want to work on that file and explore alternatives like co-op housing.
Taxation — I want to hold the line on taxes.
Why should people vote for you?
I can bring to the table a skill set that will keep Council focused on resolving issues for the people of this town. Having represented groups at provincial and national forums, I have experience that will put our concerns forward in a timely and effective manner. I believe that we need to offer solutions when we meet with government.
I came to North West River in 1970 as Vice-Principal of Lake Melville High, and moved on to Davis Inlet for four years where I really became involved in community development through volunteer work with the Community/Band Council. From there I was recruited by MUN Extension as a Fieldworker based in HV-GB. In 1983, I was seconded to the Labrador Institute to develop and implement a Co-Op Education Project with Torngat Fish Producers’ Co-op. When the viability of the Co-Op was threatened in 1986, I helped them through some troubled economic times by lobbying the federal government to grant them additional northern shrimp quotas.
Since 1986, I have been a consultant in business development, public relations and problem solving. I helped the Innu Nation, Nunatukavut and others to obtain shrimp quotas. I’ve helped individuals start businesses and solve problems. I have represented the interests of my clients up to the Deputy Prime Minister level. Over the years I have gained a lot of insight into the political process through work with candidates for provincial and federal elections as well as the Nunatsiavut government.
I believe that Council should work together to make things better for all of us. Governments, municipal and otherwise, are there to serve the people and should be judged on the good they do for the people they represent. I respectfully ask for your vote on September 24th. You can contact me at
email@example.com or call 899-1101.