Mary-Jean Devon

In­de­pen­dent, ward four

The Oban Times - - News -

I have the best job in the world, with thou­sands of bosses – you, the pub­lic.

I have helped to cam­paign for bet­ter rights for chil­dren and fam­i­lies. It is im­per­a­tive that we en­cour­age our young peo­ple to stay in this area. To do this, we have to make sure that there is em­ploy­ment , hous­ing, health ser­vices and a good stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion on all of our is­lands as well as on the main­land.

We live in the most beau­ti­ful place in the world on the West Coast of Scot­land. Un­less we have peo­ple on the coun­cil stick­ing up for those things that mat­ter most, then there is no doubt we will erode away our way of life.

Oban, South and the Isles is hugely di­verse area and, over the past decade, I have had the priv­i­lege to work hard and to get things done.

Over the time I’ve been a coun­cil­lor, I have been on var­i­ous com­mit­tees in­clud­ing plan­ning, chair­ing of the Cor­po­rate Par­ent­ing Board. As an ad­vo­cate for the youth voice, I was in­vited to take up the po­si­tion of spokesper­son for chil­dren and fam­i­lies. This is a job I cher­ish.

The next four years will see fur­ther strains on the pub­lic purse. If we are very care­ful, we can make it work and get the best for every­body. I care about our com­mu­ni­ties and will con­tinue to sup­port them with pas­sion and com­mit­ment.

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