First new can­di­date for coun­cil an­nounces

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Lisa Ma­cLeod has an­nounced her in­ten­tion to seek a seat on the Marys­town Town Coun­cil dur­ing the Sept. 24 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

She’s the first in­di­vid­ual from the com­mu­nity to an­nounce her can­di­dacy to win a coun­cil po­si­tion.

Mrs. Ma­cLeod was born and raised in Marys­town and has lived here most of her adult life. She cur­rently re­sides in Cre­ston North with her hus­band and two chil­dren.

She in­di­cated she first be­came in­ter­ested in mu­nic­i­pal pol­i­tics when she worked with Schooner Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

“Dur­ing my two and a-half years there I had the op­por­tu­nity to work with a num­ber of Burin Penin­sula mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and I be­came in­ter­ested in the work of mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers and the many ser­vices they are re­spon­si­ble for. I view coun­cil as a good way to give back to her com­mu­nity.”

Mrs. Ma­cLeod has a long his­tory of vol­un­teer work, start­ing in her youth when she vol­un­teered at the Marys­town Me­mo­rial Li­brary to ful­fill a re­quire­ment for badge work with Girl Guides. Since then she has been giv­ing to her com­mu­nity through var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing the Cana­dian Red Cross and Planned Par­ent­hood dur­ing her stud­ies at Me­mo­rial Univer­sity.

She has since vol­un­teered as a Boy Scout Leader and more re­cently as a Guider and Dis­trict Com­mis­sioner with Girl Guides of Canada. She has also vol­un­teered on the Auc­tion Com­mit­tee with the Burin Penin­sula Cham­ber of Com­merce and is cur­rently a mem­ber of the lo­cal chap­ter of Ducks Un­lim­ited.

Mrs. Ma­cLeod has a Bach­e­lor’s De­gree (ma­jor in So­ci­ol­ogy, mi­nor in Women’s Stud­ies) from Me­mo­rial Univer­sity, a Diploma in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Hu­man Re­source Man­age­ment) from the Col­lege of the North At­lantic and is cur­rently work­ing to­ward a Cer­tifi­cate in Re­gional Pol­icy and De­vel­op­ment from Me­mo­rial.

She’s cur­rently em­ployed as the Busi­ness Man­ager with the Burin Penin­sula Cham­ber of Com­merce. Prior to work­ing at the Cham­ber she was an Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer with Schooner Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

Dur­ing this time Lisa worked closely with a num­ber of com­mu­nity based or­ga­ni­za­tions, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and busi­nesses to help them ad­vance their projects. Much of her work con­sisted of pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance with plan­ning and pre­par­ing pro­pos­als and ap­pli­ca­tions to ac­cess fund­ing through var­i­ous govern­ment de­part­ments.

Mrs. Ma­cLeod has also held a one-year re­search po­si­tion with the Town of Marys­town and Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­sis­tant and Con­nec­tions Co­or­di­na­tor with the Marys­townBurin Area Cham­ber of Com­merce.

The can­di­date for coun­cil said “I’m in­ter­ested in in­creas­ing the sense of com­mu­nity in Marys­town through pro­mot­ing in­creased use of the town’s pub­lic spa­ces, such as the track and field com­plex and the farm­ers’ mar­ket as well as fos­ter­ing a busi­ness friendly en­vi­ron­ment in the town.

“I feel my ed­u­ca­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence and com­mu­nity in­ter­ests make me a good can­di­date for mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil.”

The first out­side can­di­date to de­clare for the Marys­town Town Coun­cil mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions this Septem­ber is Lisa Ma­cLeod.

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