As we head into the final advance polls and Election Day I am reflecting on our incredible community, the past four years and how blessed I am to call Fort McMurray and the Wood Buffalo region my home.
I have been fortunate to have lived here for 30 years and to have served the community in some capacity for the last 17 of those years. The best part of public service is being able to make a difference for your neighbours and I hope I’ll be able to continue down that path in the years ahead.
In the last four years on Council I believe I’ve learned a lot working for my neighbours, and we went through some tough times together as a community, I feel that we are stronger and more resilient for it.
The best part of any campaign is renewing relationships with the families, friends and residents that are my bosses – the people of Fort McMurray that gave a young man from the shores of Newfoundland every opportunity beginning some three decades ago to work hard and contribute to our community, province and country.
Throughout the last three weeks I’ve had the opportunity to again knock on doors, visit with seniors, our young people and new Canadians, attend community events and hear what are the current issues and priorities across every sector and walk of life in our region.
What I hear time and time again is residents are looking for someone that will fight to do what’s right for them – even when it gets tough and even if sometimes the decisions are unpopular. There are two paths to choose in life and the same is true in public service – the path of least resistance or the more challenging road that pushes against special interests and the status quo.
Those that know me best know that what they see is what they get. And what they get is someone that has always – in serving on Council, the Catholic School District, Santa’s Anonymous, or with MacDonald Island Park and the Friends of Miskanaw Golf Club – been willing to have those hard conversations if it means improving our home and bettering the community.
I have never been more optimistic about our future and I’d be humbled to have your support for another four years on Council.
I want to again thank all of the candidates that put their names forward for the various races and all of the volunteers, supporters and residents that are contributing to the democratic process in our region. This campaign has been respectful and based on ideas, issues and how we can shape the future of our region – and I thank all candidate for putting aside any personal differences to the benefit of our residents.
On Monday, please join me in bringing back the energy as I seek re-election as a Council representative for Fort McMurray!