I am running for council because I am a firm believer in supporting the community in which you live. I have done that in past years by becoming the Unit Chief for the British Columbia Ambulance Service in Alert Bay and also serving on the Fire Department as a member, assistant Fire Chief and as Fire Chief. I am also the Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner. I retired from the ambulance Unit Chief position when I started to work away from home. I did this because I believe that if I was not here to do the job properly then I should not be doing the job. I had been asked to run for council before and refused for the same reason I retired from the ambulance service. Now that I have retired from my job as a Ships Officer with BC Ferries I can focus on other things and devote the time required to do what needs to be done.
The issues facing the Village of Alert Bay are many and varied, from the lack of employment to businesses closing their doors. The challenge facing every member of the community is what can be done to rectify this situation. It will take every member of the community to help the Mayor and Council whoever that may be resolve this downturn and to help rejuvenate the economy.
I have not sat on municipal council before but I do know that there are regulations that need to be followed. This limits what one can accomplish with limited financial resources.
The positions that I have held have taught me a great many things, how to use time wisely, how to organize and how to get the best from people. These positions also taught me how to be a team member and a team leader. It will take a strong team to help get Alert Bay back to where it should be.
I would like to be part of that team!