Tumbler Ridge News – Rob Mackay

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 lived in the Tumbler Ridge area since July 1985 when we moved from the Yukon Territory and have seen many changes that have affected our town. We have evolved from a town that has had 65% of it?s population looking to relocate while looking for work, having a vacancy rate of 55% – 60% of available housing and the uncertainty among the residents who decided to stay.

Looking at the changes that have already taken place and the opportunities waiting to be explored I am very optimistic about Tumbler Ridge?s future and feel I can contribute to the further growth and development which we will inevitably by going through. I bring to the table a very positive outlook and the willingness to put forward the effort to accomplish the tasks designated to help ensure that Tumbler Ridge continues to move forward in a progressive manner.

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?

The most important skills I feel I possess is the ability to thoroughly research materials that would be pertinent to malting decisions which would effect the residents of Tumbler Ridge. I have also been involved with such things as Contract negotiations, WCB appeals and Arbitration hearings therefore representing individuals in any capacity is not new to me.

I have a severely acute sense of fiscal responsibility which those who know make me painfully aware of and I would wish to demonstrate if elected. I will guarantee that ALL concerns raised will be thoroughly researched and properly answered.

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

Anyone having lived in Tumbler Ridge for any length of time has to appreciate the natural beauty it has to offer. Tourism has established itself as one of the cornerstones in the ?NEW? Tumbler Ridge and rightfully so.

The Wilderness Lodge has shown us that there is interest in exploring the natural beauty that is becoming more difficult to find. I believe that Carbonite Development Inc. WILL NOT be the only company to recognize this and these ventures which create many spin off jobs should be greatly encouraged.

Council has to continue to work closely with our local sawyers and horse loggers and try to ensure that dry standing trees be made available for their use.

I would like to see council working closer with the Tumbler Ridge Recreation Centre to ensure that the area is being used to a greater potential than it is today.

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

Here or elsewhere?

My community involvement has included such activities as coaching soccer, hockey. Employee & Family Assistance Program. Tumbler Ridge Job Search ( Which had a 83% success rate finding work for all who were involved). Working with the Health and Safety Committee Lit O.O.C. Organizing and setting up facilities for CSTEC ( Canadian Steel Trades Economic Council) which assisted laid off workers with job search techniques, financial planning and other issues pertaining to being out of work.

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

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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.

This is a community service announcement.