Meet the candidates
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
-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.