First new candidate for council announces
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.