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All can­di­dates for coun­cil­lor po­si­tions with the Twill­ingate Town Coun­cil were con­tacted to pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to be in­cluded in the can­di­dates fea­ture. As of dead­line the Pi­lot did not re­ceive a re­sponse from can­di­date Lloyd Blake.

Can­di­dates seek­ing elec­tion to the Twill­ingate Town Coun­cil on Sept. 26 were asked to pro­vide de­tails to let vot­ers know who they are and re­spond to the fol­low­ing ques­tion: If you are elected to coun­cil, what is the first is­sue/idea you would like to tackle for the cit­i­zens of Twill­ingate? Fol­low­ing are their re­sponses:

I have been elected to coun­cil three times and I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to thank those who sup­ported me in the past and thank those who en­cour­aged me to run again this year.

I have been in­volved in the fish­ing in­dus­try most of my life and am cur­rently em­ployed has a Fish­ery Sci­ence tech­ni­cian. I was vice chair of Nl Fish­ery Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Board for 17 years and co-chaired dif­fer­ent com­mit­tees while on this board.

I have been a vol­un­teer for many years serv­ing on many com­mit­tees. Vol­un­teer­ing plays a very im­por­tant role in our com­mu­nity. At present I am cochair of the Twill­ingate Cen­tre for Per­form­ing Arts and a vol­un­teer at my lo­cal church.

If elected to coun­cil I will en­cour­age Coun­cil to en­gage stakeholders in de­vel­op­ing an ac­tion plan for Twill­ingate. This plan will in­clude health care, up­grades to Town in­fra­struc­ture, tourism, but most im­por­tantly start dis­cus­sions with govern­ment and fish plant owner in ob­tain­ing a Ground Fish Pro­cess­ing Li­cence for our fish plant. The fish­ing in­dus­try plays a very im­por­tant role in our econ­omy. We have har­vest­ing but we also need pro­cess­ing of our ground­fish re­source.

Tourism is also very im­por­tant to our econ­omy and to all who take part in this in­dus­try a great big thank you. If elected I will never lose sight of the fact that many cit­i­zens are on a fixed in­come, so coun­cil need to be very mind­ful of this when mak­ing de­ci­sions. Our re­cre­ation com­mit­tee is very active and do­ing great work with our youth.

Best of luck to all who put their name on the bal­lot. Re­tired

Past ex­pe­ri­ence:

-35 years fire­fighter ex­pe­ri­ence

-Air­craft crash res­cue/struc­tural USAF, MOT, PWC, DND and in­ter­na­tional airport au­thor­i­ties St. Johns

- NL At­tended Cana­dian forces fire academy. Bor­den, ON.

Achieve­ments and cer­tifi­cates:

-In­ter­na­tional fire­fighter in ac­cor­dance NFPA stan­dards 1001

-Cer­tifi­cate level 5 mod­ule 3A ARFF

- Cer­tifi­cate in­dus­trial high an­gle tech­ni­cal rope res­cue

-11 years mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment ex­pe­ri­ence served on com­mit­tee

-Six years as a vol­un­teer fire­fighter for Twill­ingate fire de- part­ment

I am look­ing for­ward in work­ing to­wards the fol­low­ing:

- Re- opening of fish plant/ jobs.

-Health care and to de­velop a bal­ance be­tween economic and her­itage preser­va­tion.

- Fund­ing for up­grad­ing streets, sewer sys­tem for ar­eas of town need­ing ser­vices and in­fra­struc­ture.

-Im­prove parks and re­cre­ation for all cit­i­zens.

Over the past 11 years you have given me the op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance many im­por­tant is­sues on behalf of the town of Twill­ingate cit­i­zens and busi­ness lead­ers. I will con­tinue to work for pos­i­tive change for your town. I be­lieve that each res­i­dent de­serves the high­est stan­dard of ser­vices and com­mit­ment.

I am look­ing for­ward to work­ing for all res­i­dents, busi­ness lead­ers and as­so­ci­a­tions to dis­cuss your vi­sion for the town of Twill­ingate. I hope I will be able to con­tinue to rep­re­sent you for the next four years. Thank you for the past sup­port and I so­licit your sup­port again. On Sept. 26 vote re-elect, David Hynes.

I am the sev­enth gen­er­a­tion of my fam­ily born and raised in Twill­ingate. Af­ter study­ing busi­ness in Stephenville and St. John’s I built a ca­reer in the mar­ket­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tions and prop­erty de­vel­op­ment in­dus­tries. I cur­rently own and op­er­ate a tourism busi­ness in Twill­ingate that in­cludes a ho­tel, bed and break­fast, va­ca­tion home, restau­rant and pub.

Cur­rently I rep­re­sent the tourism in­dus­try on the Hos­pi­tal­ity New­found­land and Labrador and Tourism Qual­ity As­sur­ance Boards. Past board po­si­tions in­clude the St. John’s Women’s Cen­tre and Ad­ven­ture Central.

It has also given me much sat­is­fac­tion to es­tab­lish a not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in Twill­ingate that cre­ated the Unscripted Twill­ingate Dig­i­tal Arts Fes­ti­val, now in its third year, and a project for se­niors un­der the Back to Roots Twill­ingate pro­gram.

If elected, I look for­ward to my first in­volve­ment in mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics, un­der­stand­ing that this is where de­ci­sions are made that help our town grow and pros­per. Suc­cess­ful com­mu­ni­ties are founded on suc­cess­ful lo­cal govern­ment.

If elected, one of the is­sues I feel strongly would make a dif­fer­ence to our com­mu­nity, is the es­tab­lish­ment of a po­si­tion for an economic de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer and ef­fec­tive work­ing com­mit­tees.

Fam­ily has al­ways been very im­por­tant. I am the proud par­ent of four and re­cently be­came a grand­mother. I am priv­i­leged to have both my par­ent with me here in Twill­ingate. I am in­spired by my mother’s ex­am­ple of com­mu­nity ser­vice, in­clud­ing her terms as town coun­cil­lor.

I wish all nom­i­nees the best and please re­mem­ber to vote on Sept. 26.

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I be­gan my ca­reer at Notre Dame Bay Memo­rial Health Cen­tre in 2000 and moved to Twill­ingate when I mar­ried in 2002. Since liv­ing here I have started my own foot­care busi­ness that caters to all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

Along with work­ing full time within the com­mu­nity I also have nu­mer­ous vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ences which in­clude Scouts Canada from 2006-10, serv­ing on the Twill­ingate/New World Is­land Mi­nor Hockey ex­ec­u­tive from 2013-15 and serv­ing as vice pres­i­dent for our lo­cal NAPE union at my work­place from 2009-11.

The first is­sue/idea I, as coun­cil­lor, would like to tackle for the cit­i­zens of Twill­ingate would be to en­sure the avail­abil­ity of a va­ri­ety of recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties for both the young and the old with the com­mu­nity, be­cause I work with se­niors I see daily how im­por­tant it is to keep both the mind and the body phys­i­cally fit. Also, as a mother of two young chil­dren I feel recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties is im­por­tant to help build char­ac­ter, self-es­teem, boosts con­fi­dence, learn the value of sports­man­ship and how to be a team player/leader which all sides in their de­vel­op­ment as well as keeping them healthy and phys­i­cally fit.

If elected to coun­cil, I im­me­di­ately plan to pre­pare and learn as much as pos­si­ble to help bet­ter my­self and the com­mu­nity when mak­ing de­ci­sions that af­fect the cit­i­zens of our town.

I’m a na­tive Twill­ingater, a mar­ried mom of two young chil­dren, and teacher at J.M. Olds Col­le­giate.

Some of my vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ence in­cludes coach­ing school and mi­nor hockey teams. I’ve hosted both re­gional and pro­vin­cial tour­na­ments. Th­ese events bring not just spirit, but money, to our com­mu­nity.

I’m also an active mem­ber of our vol­un­teer Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee. Our com­mit­tee runs a sum­mer sports pro­gram of which I am the su­per­vi­sor. Here, I work with teens who then take re­spon­si­bil­ity for run­ning the var­i­ous pro­grams.

Of all the vol­un­teer work I have done, the ti­tle I am most proud of is co-founder of Re­mem­ber­ing Rob­bie, a five km walk/run whose pro­ceeds go to­wards men­tal health ini­tia­tives. Re­cently, the Re­mem­ber­ing Rob­bie fund paid for a vis­it­ing act­ing troupe to put off a play not just for stu­dents but all com­mu­nity mem­bers. The fo­cus of this well-re­ceived piece was how to un­der­stand and help some­one with a men­tal ill­ness. We in­tend to pro­vide even more op­por­tu­ni­ties like this to our com­mu­nity.

With re­gards to the mu­nic­i­pal govern­ment, while I ac­knowl­edge that I do not have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence at this level, I am more than will­ing and ea­ger to learn the ropes. If elected, one is­sue I in­tend to tackle is around ac­cess to men­tal health care in our com­mu­nity. Also, I in­tend to dis­cover what is­sues the con­stituents feel are vi­tal.

It is im­por­tant to me that I am the voice of the younger gen­er­a­tion. I am in a unique po­si­tion as some­one who works with youth and adults and I can bridge that gap. Oc­cu­pa­tion: Sales­per­son Vol­un­teer work: Twill­ingate Hospi­tal Board; Ten­dency Board; Bayview Mens

Fel­low­ship pres­i­dent for 10 years; Bayview Sal­va­tion Army

Youth Group leader; Mi­nor hockey/soft­ball coach; served on Town Coun­cil Com­mit­tees, Re­cre­ation Com­mit­tee, and Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion Com­mit­tee

Mu­nic­i­pal Govern­ment Ex­pe­ri­ence: 24 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in to­tal — eight years with the Town of Bayview and 14 years with the Town of Twill­ingate.

If I were re-elected to coun­cil, my first pri­or­ity would be to work to­wards getting our fish plant re-opened, since the plant was one of the main sources of em­ploy­ment in our town for so many years.

Also I would work to­wards sta­bi­liz­ing our health care, keeping the taxes down for se­niors and cit­i­zens of our town, en­cour­age more tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties, since this too is a big part of our com­mu­ni­ties and also work on up­grad­ing our sta­dium, swim­ming pool, ball­field and play­ground. I will also work on getting wa­ter and sewer to ev­ery area of our town.

Any is­sues brought to coun­cil I will do my best to help re­solve it.

Ed­u­ca­tion: Grad­u­ated Grade 11

De­gree in Bib­li­cal The­ol­ogy, Cer­tifi­cate in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Cer­tifi­cate in Seafood Tech­nol­ogy, Cer­ti­fied In­struc­tor for Emer­gency Dis­as­ter Ser­vices for Non-Profit Or­ga­ni­za­tions

Work his­tory: DOT tourist guide 75-76, qual­ity con­trol of­fi­cer Fish­ery Prod­ucts In­ter­na­tional, ma­chine op­er­a­tor, Dow Chem­i­cal, sales clerk Au­to­mo­tive /In­dus­trial, pro­cure­ment of­fi­cer Barry Group of Com­pa­nies/Com­pak Seafoods, Corp Of­fi­cer/Fam­ily Ser­vice/Emer­gency Dis­as­ter Ser­vices di­rec­tor, The Sal­va­tion Army, Mon­treal QC, op­er­a­tions man­ager, Eastern Star Group, cook/sec­ond cook, Re­mote Camps, MFP, and util­ity tech/traf­fic con­trol MLP, Rok­stad Power.

Can­di­date for the NDP party in the 1994 Pro­vin­cial Elec­tion.

My vol­un­teer work in­cluded but not lim­ited to Ser­vice in 9/11, Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina and Hur­ri­cane Ike, Ki­wa­nis Club of Mon­treal, co­or­di­nated Feed­ing Pro­gram for Home­less Peo­ple/ Low In­come Fam­i­lies in Quebec.

I have com­pleted cour­ses for EDS Vol­un­teers in Al­berta, ON, Quebec and New Bruns­wick.

I have sev­eral ar­eas of in­ter­est to im­prove our com­mu­nity but I would say my num­ber one pri­or­ity would be the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the fish­ery/fish plant in Twill­ingate.

David Hynes

Jan­ice Barnes

Deb­o­rah Bour­den

Cyril Dal­ley

Oliver Hynes

Melissa Black­ler

Wayne Green­ham

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