Wickstrom is welcome

Port McNeill residents call for voters to embrace change.

 

Dear editor,

A statement for a new direction:

At the all candidates meeting in Port McNeill, Graham MacDonald, a councillor candidate, made a very direct statement, “Port McNeill has low self-esteem.” Why would he say that?  It is our belief that he was referring to fearing change of any kind. We seem to appear to be afraid of empowering ourselves into making decisions which will affect our future in this community.

 

The only thing that is constant in our lives is change. A sustainable future demands change.  If we remain stagnant, we lose people, businesses, school children, health services, care for the elderly and the ability to conduct our town business. Our sidewalks will be in a state of disrepair, there will be no place to walk your dog off-leash, the waterfront will continue to be an issue, aging municipal buildings will continue to haunt the community that we love and call home.

 

Of all the places in B.C., we have chosen to live and work here for many years. We would love it if others considered doing the same. The sweeter the drinking water, the more breathable the air; the longer and more healthy a life we will all lead.

 

We have these commodities in spades, let’s not keep it a secret, let’s share it!

 

There are two candidates running for Mayor in the Town of Port McNeill. In our very considered opinion there is only one candidate who stands out.

 

We are looking for someone who supports sustainable change and has a balanced approach. We want someone who will listen, consult and consider prior to enacting change. Someone who believes in transparency, inclusiveness, is approachable and committed to empowering the people of Port McNeill.

After carefully considering what both candidates have to offer there is no doubt in our minds that the clear choice is Gaby Wickstrom.

 

Gaby is a champion of managed growth for a better future. Gaby believes in economic development by opening the town doors to companies and small businesses that show care for our environment and who are willing to contribute to the success of Port McNeill with jobs and paying their own way.

We strongly believe that those over 18 know that their vote can change the direction of Port McNeill and we encourage you come out and vote. You have the key to unlock the door of opportunity for new beginnings.

 

It is our belief that if you choose to elect Gaby Wickstrom as our Mayor, under Gaby’s very careful stewardship, council can begin anew to deliver an honest and compelling four years of leadership. With the younger citizens of our community contributing to this new direction, our community cannot fail.

 

So please, everyone, come out to vote on November 15th at the town office so you can be a part of creating a new and vibrant Port McNeill. Embrace the future with vigor and understanding knowing that change will come as necessity requires it to happen.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Chris Stewart & Craig Murray

 

Longtime residents of Port McNeill.

 

Just Posted

Port Hardy council has agreed to cancel Canada Day celebrations in wake of the discovery of the remains of 215 children being found on the grounds of a former residential school. (North Island Gazette file photo)
Council votes to cancel Canada Day celebrations in wake of mass grave sites being found

Coun. Treena Smith made the motion for the chamber to not host Canada Day celebrations this year

Port Hardy Fire Rescue responded to an early morning fire around 3:50 a.m. on Sunday, June 13. Two porta-potties were on fire at the Visitor’s Centre on Hastings Street. Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-949-6335. (Port Hardy Fire Rescue photo)
Firefighters respond to early morning fire near visitor centre in Port Hardy

Two porta-potties were on fire at the Visitor’s Centre on Hastings Street

North Island MLA Michele Babchuk. Photo contributed
COMMENTARY: MLA Michele Babchuk talks the future of forestry

‘These forests are important to every single one of us, myself included’

Dr. Prean Armogam hands over a cheque for $10,000 to Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society president Rosaline Glynn. The money will be going towards a new roof for the Port Hardy seniors centre. This is the second donation Dr. Armogam has made to the society, giving them $5,000 a little over a year ago. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Doctor donates $10k to Hardy Bay Senior Citizens Society for new roof

This was the second donation Armogam has given to the society

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of May 30-June 5. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
COVID-19 cases drop again almost everywhere on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo had four new cases last week, down from 22 the week before

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick, assistant deputy speaker at the B.C. legislature, presides over committee discussions. The legislature is completing its delayed spring session this week, with most MLAs participating by video conference. (Hansard TV)
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections dip below 100 over weekend

Only 68 new cases recorded Monday, four additional deaths

Gabriola Island artist Sheila Norgate is promoting the Digital Innovation Group’s art impact survey. (File photo)
Vancouver Island artists get behind regional arts impact study

Artists urged to use their stature to help put arts and culture super-region on the map

The BC Ferries website went down for a short while Monday morning following a provincial announcement that recreational travel between health authorities can resume Tuesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Ferries’ website crashes in wake of provincial reopening announcement

Website back up now, recreational travel between health regions to resume as of Tuesday

Neighbours fight a small late-night bush fire with garden hoses and shovels in Cinnabar Valley on June 5. They couldn’t get help from local fire services because the fire was located in an area under B.C. Wildfire Services jurisdiction. (Photo courtesy Muriel Wells)
Neighbours on edge of Nanaimo city limits left to put out bush fire themselves

Cinnabar Valley residents tackle fire with hoses and buckets for two and a half hours

Darren Campbell’s truck (pictured) was stolen when he stopped to check on a car in a ditch on Cowichan Bay Road on Monday morning. (Facebook photo)
Vancouver Island Good Samaritan’s truck stolen in nasty trick

‘Try to be a Good Samaritan and my $20,000 truck gets stolen right under my nose’

The Kamloops Indian Residential School is photographed using a drone in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, June, 14, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former school earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Communities grapple with what to do with former residential and day schools

Some tear them down as a tool to help healing, others repurpose them as tools for moving forward

Creative handmade signs abound at the June 13 Tofino rally for old growth trees. (Nora O’Malley photo)
VIDEO: Tofino stands in solidarity for Fairy Creek Blockades

Over 150 supporters attend rally hosted by Friends of Clayoquot Sound

FILE – Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. watching U.K.’s COVID struggles but don’t think province will see similar pitfalls

Studies show that one dose of vaccine is only 33 per cent effective in preventing B.1.617.2 spread

Most Read