CROFTING SPECIAL: Meet the candidates standing for election
It is time for change. South West Highlands needs a Crofting Commissioner whose first priority is the greater good of crofting, not just for today but for future generations. We need someone who is able to listen, to mediate, to inspire confidence and to deliver positive outcomes.
We need a Crofting Commission that works for crofters, not against, and that represents crofting interests at Scottish Government and inter-agency level, settling for nothing less than the best deal for crofters. With Brexit looming, this is imperative.
We don’t need an ivory tower or a one-man band. Some 62 staff at the commission can do much for crofting with the right guidance.
Born in 1966, Catherine MacDonald, raised on the family croft in Bohuntin, daughter, grand- daughter and greatgrand- daughter (mar sin air adhart) of Bohuntin crofters and shepherds, I am now continuing the traditions with my own family.
Through previous employment with HIE/Lochaber Ltd/LEADER and UHI/Lochaber College, I have liaised widely with communities, agencies and individuals facilitating developments and negotiating funding. Success I have found comes from working with people at grassroots level.
If you listen carefully and respond to the knowledge and aspirations of those living and working on the ground, then you achieve positive outcomes.
I am married to an exiled Isle of Barra crofter and, through him, and numerous island holidays, I have gained an understanding of island croft life and its unique challenges. I want to make a strong and positive contribution to the future direction of the Crofting Commission and of crofting on behalf of South West Highlands crofters.
I’m sure we all agree, the Crofting Commission needs to move away from red tape and controversy and to move forward into a new era.
Contact me on 07881 603069 or by at firstname.lastname@example.org.