Tumbler Ridge By-election – Wayne Kopec

This series is an introduction to the candidates running in the Tumbler Ridge Municipal By-election: Bill Hendley, Pernell Kirby, Wayne Kopec, Rob MacKay Brian Sipe, Florence Stirling, The community will have an opportunity to meet the candidates at the ALL CANDIDATES FORUM, on February 12, at 7:00 pm in the Tumbler Ridge Senior Secondary School gym. If you have a question for the candidates, please email to mail@tumblerridgenews.com or fax to 242-5340 or give the office a call at 242-5343. Questions we receive will be compiled for Michael Hunter, who will be the moderator at the Forum, and who will address the question(s) to the candidates. Your question must be relevant to municipal government.

1. Why are you running for office?

I have always wanted to more involved/support the community where I live.

2.What specific skills, abilities, and knowledge would you bring to the position of councillor, and how would they assist you to fulfill your duties if elected?

With my skill, abilities and knowledge that I?ve learned being in the refrigeration and Air-conditioning Industry for 15 years, five of those owning/operating Glacial Refrigeration & Air conditioning Services. The avenues of dealing with people, managing money, solving problems with having to often be the mediator between what would work and what wouldn?t, I believe these assets with a few more that I?ve picked up out of life?s path. I feel confident I would be an asset if allowed to fill the empty seat at Town Hall.

3.What plans or initiatives would you like to see the District involved with?

I would like to see the District involved in as many plans or initiatives which when properly orchestrated are designed to improve the Town of Tumbler Ridge.

4. What community organizations or activities have you been involved with? Here or elsewhere?

Elsewhere, I have been involved in Entrepreneurial business training courses, a member of Refrigeration Service Institute of Canada (RSES), Community help/support at Rodeo Pancake breaskfast-3 years straight in Brook, AB. Here in Tumbler Ridge, I?m an active member with WNMS organization participating help with the climbing wall, bikes, boards and blades initiatives, support the TR Museum Foundation, all with what I believe my greatest attribute being that of a strong supporter of all Tumbler Ridge businesses!

5. If you are successful, what do you believe your greatest challenge will be?

If I am given the opportunity to serve Tumbler Ridge as Town Councillor, I believe one of the bigger challenges would be one that because of the uniqueness of the town diversified people/cultures, helping people to understand some of the decisions that must be made for the good toward all that live in Tumbler Ridge.

HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE CANDIDATES? Email us your question to mail@tumblerridgenews.com, or fax to 242-5340 or give us a call at 242-5343.

Your questions will be put to the candidates at the All Candidates Forum on February 12, at the High school at 7:00 pm.

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