Young mayor ready to work with new council
its municipal election history, or so Dave Hiscock (town clerk) has told me,” said Norman. “People were really energized. I think Bonavista was at a turning point. And I think there were a lot of people, specifically those behind me, that wanted to make sure the town was going to be taking the next positive step.”
He says this progression includes continuing new development, encouraging population growth, and now — “positive and well-rounded leadership.”
With Norman at the helm, this change could be classified as a youth movement. At only 32 years of age, he is among the youngest mayors in the province.
He credits his prior council experience as a young man as a way to prepare him for the role.
“That was quite a learning experience. But as mayor? That’s a whole other category!” he chuckled.
“We’ve seen with what’s been happening in Bonavista through the not-for-profit movements, through the new businesses moving in, through some of my own company work, a culmination of many good things happening.”
Norman says one result of this is a number of young people moving to Bonavista. He says they helped decide this election.
“They see a future. So that’s what they voted for here — clearly. They want more of what’s been happening, more business moving in, more employment, keeping taxes low, more recreation facilities.”
He looks forward to working with the new council, and says it’s great to see councillors back, as well as new faces at the table. In the future, he said he would like to see more women become involved and fully expects more young people to be interested in future elections.
And right now, he’s eager to get to work.
“As I’ve said when I went to a number of people door-todoor, to me, Bonavista is just scratching the surface of its potential.
“Bonavista has been a sleepy town for a long time and I think it’s just starting to wake up.”