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Seeking a seat on the Lewisporte Town Council


Candidates seeking election to the Lewisporte Town Council on Sept. 26 were asked to provide details to let voters know who they are.    

They were also asked to respond to the following question: If you are elected to council, what is the main issue/idea you would tackle for the citizens of Lewisporte?

Here are their responses:

Brian Hooper

Brian Hooper

I have lived in Lewisporte my entire life. My wife Trina and I are proud to call Lewisporte our home. I am   manager of B & B Printers Limited in Lewisporte, a family business for over 46 years built on service excellence. I have strong community roots, demonstrated through years of community volunteerism and I value the role of municipal council. With hard work and dedication, together we can bring much needed change to our town.

My Promise, if given the privilege to be elected to our council, is to be available and listen to your issues.

Proven community leadership

· President, Lewisporte Lion’s Club

· 22 Year’s Service, Lewisporte Fire Rescue, Officer for 11 Years

· President Lewisporte Area Curling Association

· Director, Lewisporte Area Consumers Co-op Board of Directors for two Terms (chair, Owners Relations          Committee)

· Director, Lewisporte Area Chamber of Commerce

· Volunteer, Mussel Bed Soiree Committee, six years

· Chair, Lewisporte Come Home Year Committee, 2011-12

· Vice-president, Notre Dame Snowmobile Association

· Municipal Government has to be put back into the hands of elected officials.

· Audit of all municipal operations financial and otherwise.

· Deliver open, transparent and accountable municipal government.

· Move forward with economic development and bring about clarity to the current issues related to our Industrial Park.

· Focus on youth and senior recreation facilities; continuation of municipal infrastructure investments i.e. roads, water and sewage, fire protection as it relates to water  supply for fire suppression on Lewisporte’s South Side, etc.

· People deserve answers, not promises and inaction.

· Focus to ensure taxpayers receive value for their contribution.

· A collaborative approach to community problem solving based on cooperation with individuals, associations and business.

 Feel free to contact me with any issues or concerns: (cell) 709-541-1253

Calvin Smart

My roots began in the small community of Herring Neck in 1953 and after graduation from high school attended college in St. John's and graduated with a diploma in Forest Technology. I started my career with the provincial government as a forest technician in 1974 in Gander and moved to Lewisporte in 1975.

For the next 38 years, after many changes in our government structure, I retired as senior conservation officer in a supervisory capacity in 2012. My primary role as senior officer was supervision and management of the Law Enforcement Section in both Forestry and Wildlife to ensure all of our natural resources were protected and conserved at the highest level. I quickly developed a strong insight into the internal workings of the government administrative process, and means of stick handling to avoid long delays on important business — all of which I consider assets at the municipal table.

I have lived in Lewisporte since 1975, proud to call it my home, raised my three children here and now I’m ready to channel my focus on advancing Lewisporte's growth.

To touch briefly on my volunteer experience/municipal experience I have always participated in many sports here in Lewisporte, served on the executive at the minor and senior level and represented myself professionally at all levels. My greatest volunteer satisfaction comes from the passion I have as been a member of the Lewisporte Fire Rescue for the past 30 + years and at the executive level for more than 25 years. I have sat in on countless meetings with the Lewisporte Town Council over the years and developed a great respect for a cooperative approach on all business matters.

In response to your question on what is the main issue/idea you would tackle for the citizens of Lewisporte: Transparency and accountability to the taxpayers of our town. From discussions with groups or individual issues raised from my door knocking campaign so far, people in this town are very concerned about how their tax dollars are spent. Lewisporte does not have a large economic base-industrial or commercial to avail of an influx of revenue, and therefore management of our total tax revenue must be budgeted very wisely.

We need not waste money on a wish list rather focus on a needs list. I would like for this new council to take a united approach on all business going forward and communicate honestly and frankly with our residents. Be available and open, listen keenly and resolve issues to their best interest.

Derek White

Derek White

I am seeking a seat on the Lewisporte Town Council to make changes to the way our current council is looking after the citizens’ interests. I have worked with different councils in Lewisporte for over 40 years.

As your elected councillor, here are the key items that I would make sure to address:

1.     A plan to promote our town and area to attract new businesses and opportunities for development.

2.    Five-year infrastructure plan; I will find a status update on this list, and see that a new list is made public for citizen comments.

3.     Upgrading our boardwalk and spending valuable dollars on the upkeep of this treasured facility.  

4.     Increase greater use of the Stadium, Bowling Alley, Ball Fields etc.

5.    When it comes to taxes, in the next budget, I will work to get the Mill Rate lowered by 1 or 2 mils off property and business taxes, lower rebate for Senior Citizens, and fair adjustment in all tax categories.

6.     The Marina, College, Municipal Park etc, I will not be in favour of dispersing these assets.

7.     I will be promoting more Land Development and decreasing the red tape a developer must go through with the application process and final approvals.

8.     I will see that a new plan is put in place to consider the upgrades that are needed in the Industrial Park.

9.    A strong promotional package is needed to promote Lewisporte as it continues to grow. We need to be attending Trade Shows, sending out advertising materials and providing general advertising of what Lewisporte has to offer.

10.I will be seeking any and all avenues to obtain whatever resources we can from different Federal and Provincial government.

I have the ‘experience that matters’ to bring our Town back in focus and strive to make our community a place to be proud of as we move into the future.

A vote for Derek White will give me the opportunity to be a voice on your behalf. 

Jeff Manuel

Jeff Manuel

I have been a resident of Lewisporte for 45 years, moving here in 1972. I am the owner/operator of Home Hardware here in Lewisporte. I have been working there since 1985 and that has given me the pleasure of serving most of the people in the community, as well as the surrounding area.

I have been involved with several volunteer organizations for the past 25 plus years. From refereeing and coaching in the mid-80's to being a member of the executive and holding the position of president for the 2011-12 season with the Lewisporte Minor Hockey Association. I became a member of the Kinsmen Club of Notre Dame in 1989 and held the position of club president for 1991-92. I also served in other executive positions on both the club and district levels. In 2002, the club awarded me with Life Membership, the highest honour in the Kin Association of Canada. I am a member of the Lewisporte Masonic Lodge and Lewisporte Shrine Club and held the position of Shrine president for 2014-15. I was on the executive of the Lewisporte Marina Administrative Authority from 2014 to 2016 and held the position of chairperson for the 2015-16 season.  I have also been involved with the Lewisporte Yacht Club, South and Central Health Foundation and Mussel Bed Soiree Committee.

In my opinion, the incoming council have several issues that need to be addressed. These would include transparency, accountability and communication to all citizens of the town of Lewisporte as well as upgrades to water and sewer infrastructure which would lead to the cleanup of our harbour.

We, as councillors, are elected by the people and they should be aware of the major issues the town is dealing with.  Even though I am new to municipal government, I look forward to the opportunity to represent the residents of Lewisporte.

I can be reached by phone at 541-0430 or email at kinjeff@hotmail.com.

Kenneth (Ken) Tucker

Kenneth (Ken) Tucker

Age: 56

Education: High school Grade 11

Occupation: Retired from Federal Public Service 30 years (Fisheries & Oceans, Environment Canada)

Volunteer activities:

Member and Past Master of Lewisporte Masonic Lodge

Member and current president of the Amateur Radio Club of Central Newfoundland

Radio Amateurs of Canada Central Newfoundland District Emergency Coordinator

Member of the Notre Dame Rod & Gun

Municipal government experience

Councillor Town of Lewisporte for past 11 months

I have lived in Lewisporte all my life and I am very proud to call this my home. I have been interested in municipal politics for several years and I was elected to council in a by election during the fall of 2016.  During the past 11 months while serving on council I have gained both experience and knowledge which are valuable assets for me to continue to represent the people of Lewisporte as a councillor. After this election there will be many new people on council, I look forward to being part of the new council and put a firm commitment to serving the people of this community.

If elected to council the main issue that I would like to address first is: To identify our priorities, have a plan and vision for the community and to work as a team to make decisions to ensure the community has confidence in our council on the path forward over the next several years.

During this campaign there has been many issues and concerns voiced by the residents. These issues and concerns all are important along with others I have knowledge of from being on council for the past 11 months. As we move forward I will work with the new council as part of a team to address the many issues that we have and regain the confidence of the residents of Lewisporte. As a team your new council need to identify the priorities both for the short and the long term, supported with a solid plan that will assist council to make decisions that are in the best interest of our residents and businesses. Once our council has identified priorities and have a plan, then we can move forward to effectively fulfill the mandate of governing and managing the affairs of our community.  I fully support a council that listens to the concerns of the residents, communicates council’s plans and activities openly to the residents and is both accountable and transparent for managing the public funds.

Krista Freake

Krista Freake

Education:
Masters of education – Leadership; Masters of Education – Teaching and Learning; Bachelor of Education – English/Special Education; Bachelor of Arts – English and Psychology

Employment:

Principal – Lewisporte Collegiate; senior education officer and itinerant student affairs – Nova Central SD; special education teacher – Lewisporte Intermediate

Volunteer:

DieTrac Technical Institute - Member of Board of Directors for seven years, presently chair, Human Resources Committee.

Lewisporte and Area Family Resource Center - Member of Board of Directors for four years.

Calypso Foundation - recently completed serving maximum term on Board of Directors, most recently secretary on the executive.

Past involvement and continued support of volunteer community organizations such as Kinsmen/Kinette Clubs of Norte Dame where I served in numerous positions on the executive including president.

In addition, I continue to support the youth in our community through various initiatives including Sunday School, volunteer coaching/leadership opportunities.

Vision:

I have a vested interest in the Town of Lewisporte and I believe we have opportunity for growth through capacity building, maximizing resources, seeking new ventures, aspiring to appeal to our residents, both young and aging while addressing issues related to rising taxes, infrastructure, transparency of operations and assets within our community.

Mission:

I am an agent for change with extensive experience and knowledge in the fields of leadership, human resources, capacity building and strategic planning. I am confident in my professionalism and am committed to devote the time and expertise required to see success in the position of councillor.

If I were elected to council the main concern I would address in response to commentary with residents of Lewisporte is the need for increased accountability and transparency in relation to public funds and current operations whether it be public works or human resources as an example.  This would allow residents to engage in public consultations with accurate information and data as well as engage in strategic planning.

Les Watton

Les Watton

I have lived in Lewisporte for 42 years and raised a family here. Employed with Lewisporte Wholesalers, I worked in several management positions including assistant general manager. I served as Church treasurer for 23 years and board chairperson at North Haven Manor. I have been elected to council for the past three terms.

The biggest issue facing the Town of Lewisporte is the squeeze on provincial government spending and the urgent need for infrastructure money, especially in roads, water and sewer. Many of the residential areas including Main Street still has older infrastructure which requires a lot of maintenance. Our town workers are doing an admirable job of keeping the system functioning on a daily basis. At the same time we are seeing contract pricing and engineering cost rise dramatically.

The time is now when we must find ways to ” think outside the traditional box” and possibly do more with less. It is recognized the South Side is in desperate need of water, sewer and pavement. Progress has been made with the upcoming addition of a new water tower but government must recognize the South Side as part of the Lewisporte service area.

Your vote on Sept. 26th is very much appreciated.

Perry Pond

Perry Pond

Born in central Newfoundland and raised in Lewisporte where I completed K - Level III and First Year University. Moved to St. John's in 1992 and attended Memorial University of Newfoundland, where I completed a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree (B.Sc. hons.) and Master of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering and Applied Science (M.A.Sc.). After working in both the Private and Public sectors, I moved back to Lewisporte in 2005 where I currently reside with my wife Karen, daughter Maria and son Ian.

I have spent majority of my professional life working in or with government departments and organizations, including Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Habitat biologist), Public Works and Government Services Canada (Environmental specialist), Town of Lewisporte (Town manager), Department of Government Services (manager of Operations), and Service NL (Regional director). I am currently employed with Notre Dame Castle, Lewisporte (manager). 

In addition to my work experience, I have also had the privilege of being a part of the Lewisporte and Area Economic Development Committee, Lewisporte and Area Chamber of Commerce, Lewisporte Marina Administrative Authority, Regional Fisheries and Marine Centre (Marine Institute) Advisory Committee, Lewisporte Community College Inc Board of Governors, School Council, Boy Scouts Canada, and Lewisporte and Area Youth Committee. 

 If elected, the experiences and knowledge I have gained will be of paramount importance and valued asset as an elected official, maintaining and advancing the interests of a municipality.  I take great pride in our community; residential, organizational and business, and am committed to community interests with a focus for continued progress, supporting existing resources and services and striving to expand them in the future. 

If elected on Sept. 26, I will offer my sincere best efforts to advocate on behalf of constituents and ensure municipal operations are considered and implemented in best interest of the Town and its people. Additionally, with a passionate focus on progress, I will endeavour to grow our community by building on service offerings for all ages, further enhancing our reputation as a great place to work, visit and call home. In this effort, collaborating with fellow councillors, management and staff, I wish; to facilitate the restructuring of our community Youth Committee by establishing appropriate liaison and through the allocation of resources within existing structure or securing new opportunities; to continue to build our relationships with other community partners and organizations, through support of their initiatives and ensuring further growth opportunities are explored.

I look forward to the continued campaign and the opportunity to work for you and respectfully, thank you in advance for your support.

Stephen Hollett

Stephen Hollett

I am 29 years old and originally from the town of Burin on the south coast. Growing up I was always volunteering in the my community, whether it be in my church, at school helping plan a successful provincial leadership conference and regional drama festival, or serving on the board that ran the heritage area of Burin, both as a regular board member and executive member. I’ve held several jobs in my work life, from student jobs, to radio announcer/DJ at the former 740 CHCM station in Marystown, to my current job as a technician at Bell Aliant who I have been employed with for the last seven years, and is what brought me to Lewisporte back in 2014.

Since moving to Lewisporte I joined Lewisporte Fire Rescue as an active firefighter, and over the last year have setup and maintained their social media pages on Facebook and Twitter. I’m also proud of joining the organizing committee for the annual Lewisporte Craft and Trade Show which I am in my second year on.

In terms of politics, I have always been interested in all levels of government, and have been in attendance at almost all public council meetings over the last two years. If elected I would work with my fellow councilors to ensure that council is as open and transparent as possible to the people, and to hold management accountable to the elected officials as it should be. I would also like to look at the possibility of implementing some of the master recreation plan so that young families may look at Lewisporte as a place to move to as we have very little options for our youth. It is with some of these ideas that I respectfully ask for the opportunity to serve the residents of Lewisporte.

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