Mitchell respects democratic process, thanks voters

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With the Nunatsiavut government elections over, I would just like to make a few comments as an outgoing member of the last Assembly.

First and foremost, I wish to acknowledge and sincerely thank the voters of Upper Lake Melville-Happy Valley-Goose Bay, North West River and Mud Lake, for your support and confidence in me during the recent campaign and election. I feel that some of the issues I discussed with you during my campaign will not go by the wayside, and I can find some forum to bring them forward with support from our present members.

I appreciate you taking the time to get out and vote for me, and I was sincerely hoping to continue as your Ordinary Member and to continue the work I was involved with. Unfortunately, it was not to be, and that’s the democratic process.

I wish to thank my family, extended family, friends and supporters for your work and inspiration. Your words of encouragement and comments were a great help. You all have been very supportive both during the campaign and even after the election. For this I shall forever be grateful to you.

During my term in office, over the past two-and-a-half years as Ordinary Member, I felt that I had a good track record and achieved many things, and made a contribution to the work of the Nunatsiavut government in the region.

I feel that I have represented the area well, and brought various issues that affect beneficiaries to the assembly and executive council, and to various levels of government.

I was always accessible to people, and conducted numerous meetings with beneficiaries. I was involved in the community and attended numerous conferences, meetings, rallies, workshops, and presently sit on two community boards that work with community groups.

I have sat down with Nalcor officials a number of times to discuss the ongoing issues regarding jobs and opportunities at Muskrat Falls. Just recently we have been meeting with Vale to discuss training for future upcoming employment, as well as business opportunities that are on the horizon. I may be a quiet person by nature, but I certainly was not silent.

My duties and responsibilities as Minister of Education and Economic Development has certainly increased my knowledge of the bigger picture, how the framework of the Nunatsiavut government is structured, and has given me learning tools, and useful information in dealing with individuals, groups, businesses, learning institutions, government agencies, etc … here in Upper Lake Melville, and throughout the area.

I want to say I’ve enjoyed my work and time with the Nunatsiavut government and serving the beneficiaries of the Upper Lake Melville area. I’d like to say a sincere thank you and acknowledge the support and work of all Nunatsiavut government staff within the civil service, and want to commend each and every one for the good work they are doing. I want to wish the new and re-elected assembly members and executive council all the best in the road ahead. As for me, I am keeping my options open, and hopefully maybe one day I’ll be back in some capacity to serve again.

— Gary Mitchell writes from Happy Valley-Goose Bay

Geographic location: Upper Lake Melville, Happy Valley, Goose Bay North West River Mud Lake

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