Dennis Dugas’ mayoral candidate profile
You may ask who is Dennis Dugas, and why is he running for Mayor of Port Hardy?
I am a family man who has made Port Hardy my home. I came to Port Hardy in 1970 to work for M&B in the woods for one year, and returned in 1972 for good. I married Louise Crookall in 1973. We have three wonderful children Bree-Anna, James and Stephen and we are blessed with five grandchildren. James, Stephen and their families still reside in Port Hardy, and Bree-Anna and her family live in Edmonton. In 1976 Louise and I became members of the Port Hardy Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
In 1974 I started working for the District of Port Hardy as a Water & Wastewater Operator and over the next 40 years as a District employee I had the opportunity to work in all the Public Works Departments.
From 2000 to the Fall of 2013 I worked for EPCOR Water Services, mostly as the Capital Projects Coordinator for the District of Port Hardy, then continued my employment in the Public Works Department until the Fall of 2014 when I retired. My time at the operational forefront of Port Hardy Public Works gave me solid insight into operations, processes, and what it takes to successfully run the town’s services. During those years I got to know the residents of this wonderful community.
Since 2000 Louise and I have owned, and operated Eagles Nest Bed & Breakfast. During these B&B years we’ve been a part of a growing tourism industry, supporting our local economy. We have met many people from all over the world who have told us repeatedly what a beautiful community we have. Which, of course we know, but love to hear!
My desire to serve Port Hardy didn’t end at retirement. Shortly after retiring I ran for Council for the District of Port Hardy, and was elected. While serving as a Councillor I chose, and was appointed to, a number of roles and committees.
These included: Director on the Board of the Mount Waddington Regional District, and the Port Hardy Chamber of Commerce Committee. Member of the Vancouver Island North Tourism Advisory Committee, Port Hardy Tourism Advisory Committee, Operational Services Committee, Parks, Recreation, Arts and Culture Committee, First Nations Relations Committee, Finance Committee, and the Community Consultative Committee.
I am also an active member with the FILOMI Days Society and most recently the Chair of the North Island Seniors Housing Foundation.
In my spare time I enjoy gardening, taking walks along our beautiful seawall, fishing, golfing, swimming, skating, and bike riding. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, and joining in with the community in the many local events and activities that take place.
Louise and I love the North Island and plan on staying here. Why would anyone leave when we have the freshest air, cleanest ocean, and most spectacular scenery in the world right in our own backyard?
We also have abundant employment opportunities, good schools, cultural diversity, and many people in the community working hard to make a better life for themselves and others, and I want to support that.
In this upcoming election I am running to be your Mayor for Port Hardy, it would be an honour to be elected. You can Count on ME to be there with You and for YOU!
Please Vote on October 20th, 2018.