Fellow citizens of Tumbler Ridge, I have filed papers to run as councilor in the upcoming election and seek your support. Many of you may know me through my work as the Clinical Team Lead for Counseling Services with the Northern Health Authority at the health center.
I think it is important to tell all of you a little more about myself, my family, our history in this community and love of it as well as the visions I see for it.
I grew up in a small rural Alberta farming community of less than 500 people. Upon graduation I started my University studies in the field of Psychology and graduated in 1988. My first job out of school was working at an Adult Correctional Center under the Alberta Solicitor General. I moved on from this to work with troubled teens in residential group homes in Edmonton. The city was not for me so I moved to the Northern Alberta town of Lac La Biche and spent the next five years working in a residential treatment center for emotional and behaviorally challenged youth. In 1996 I moved to Fort Nelson BC and took an entry level heavy industry position with Slocan Forest Products, later to become Canfor.
During this time I met my beautiful, supportive wife Angeline. We have now been together for 11 years and have two sons, Brock (four) and Brant (one).
My father while driving south from Fort Nelson heard of the house sales in Tumbler Ridge on CBC radio and made a detour and promptly bought a house. Within a few weeks of living in Tumbler Ridge he called me and told me how beautiful and welcoming the community was. I promptly took my wise father?s advice and bought a home in Tumbler Ridge over the phone. It only took one visit to Tumbler Ridge and we started making plans to move here and make this our home. In early 2005 this became our reality. Since that time the town has changed a great deal, especially the population. We now have a community that likely well exceeds 4000 people. Unfortunately, I have not seen the same growth in new business or services within the community for this population. I do not know of a town of this size that does not have a dentist, a social worker, adequate policing levels, Grreyhound bus service and senior?s housing to name a few.
The next question I have to ask is why? I see other communities within the Peace region attracting all sorts of new business yet since my arrival here I have seen little. Again I ask, why?
My intention if elected is to not only find out the answers to these questions but to work towards solutions. I believe a few of the traits that make an ideal candidate are respect, integrity, honesty, accountability and above all else the ability to not only have common sense, but to use it. I believe I have these traits and that my professional and industrial employment experience will lend it well to serving as councilor in our unique community.
My promise to each of you is that I will spend my energies making things happen as opposed to finding excuses and reasons that they cannot.