Mark Whif­fen

Advertiser (Grand Falls) - - Editorial -

I am 34 and was born and raised in Grand Falls-Wind­sor. Af­ter high school I at­tended Memo­rial Univer­sity where I com­pleted my Bach­e­lor of Com­merce (Co-op) de­gree and stud­ies in Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence. I also par­tic­i­pated in the study abroad pro­gram where I stud­ied busi­ness at Univer­sität Pader­born, in Pader­born, Ger­many. Af­ter com­plet­ing univer­sity and work­ing in St. John’s, I de­cided to re­turn home to Grand Fall­sWind­sor af­ter the pa­per mill closed be­cause I wanted to con­trib­ute to the growth and suc­cess of my home­town af­ter los­ing a ma­jor in­dus­try, where I cur­rently re­side and work in busi­ness de­vel­op­ment.

I have also been en­rolled in the Cana­dian Forces CIC Re­serve since 2002. Com­mu­nity in­volve­ment

I have al­ways been a com­mu­nity vol­un­teer and a com­mu­nity leader going back to high school. I was Youth of the Year for Grand Falls-Wind­sor and Sea Cadet of the Year for New­found­land and Labrador. I re­ceived the Duke of Ed­in­burgh’s Gold Award, at Memo­rial Univer­sity I was nom­i­nated for the David Kirk­land Stu­dent Lead­er­ship Award, and in 2013 I was nom­i­nated for Cit­i­zen of the Year for Grand Falls-Wind­sor at just 29 years of age.

Cur­rent in­volve­ment

Of­fi­cer with the GFW Sea Cadets

Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber of Biathlon NL

Biathlon Coach & Cross Coun­try Ski Coach

Vol­un­teer Fa­cil­i­ta­tor with Ju­nior Achieve­ment NL

Mem­ber, Ex­ploits Re­gional Curl­ing Club

Grand Falls-Wind­sor Mixed Slo-Pitch Soft­ball Past re­cent in­volve­ment

Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber of the GFW Cataracts Se­nior Hockey Club

Ex­ec­u­tive Mem­ber of the Ex­ploits Val­ley Cross Coun­try Ski Club (Re­found­ing Mem­ber and past Vice- Pres­i­dent)

Vol­un­teer at Rogers TV

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