Candidate acclaimed in Bay de Verde
Juanita Emberley lone nominee for council vacancy
Residents of Bay de Verde will avoid a byelection after Juanita Emberley came forward as the only candidate to replace former councillor John P. Woodrow.
Emberley, a member of the recreation committee and the ladies auxiliary in Bay de Verde, was acclaimed on Feb. 1 by returning officer and town clerk Molly Walsh. It will be her first time serving on council.
“I just kind of made a quick decision and said, ‘ Shag it, I’ll go for it,” said Emberley, who was born and raised in Bay de Verde.
Though her decision may have been a quick one, Emberley seems to be entering council with some good intentions in mind.
“ The way I look at it there is always room for improvement. I would really like to see Bay de Verde prosper as a community.”
Emberley said her involvement with the recreation committee has made finding activities to engage young people an important issue for her. Efforts to increase the community’s visibility with tourists are another matter she hopes to address on council. Such work will hopefully make Bay de Verde a place where its youth population can have a future.
“It would be great if we could give them a reason to stay here rather then to move away. After all the young generation is our future.”
Helping the environment and improving water and sewer services are other items on Emberley’s municipal agenda.
Emberley will be sworn in at the next council meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for Feb. 9, and while she is looking forward to becoming a councillor, there will be some nerves at play.
“I’m kind of nervous, because this is a whole new ball game compared to the ladies auxiliary and the recre- ation committee. It’s a council, and that’s different altogether. But I’m interested, and I’m just going to go to the meeting, listen, and then I’ll have a better idea.”
The community of Winterton has finally lifted its boil water order. The regulator for its chlorination system broke down in December, leaving the town to enforce a month-and-a-half-long boil order.