Slaney pro­motes ‘well-bal­anced, holis­tic ap­proach’ for Marys­town

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

Lisa Slaney had been count­ing down the days to Sept. 3, 2013, on the back cover of her agenda for the past four years.

The date was the fi­nal day for can­di­dates to file their nom­i­na­tion papers for the Sept. 24 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion in Marys­town.

A na­tive of Marys­town, Mrs. Slaney said she has been part of the com­mu­nity all her life and is grate­ful to have the op­por­tu­nity to live, work and raise her chil­dren here with her hus­band Ed­ward ( for­merly of Span­ish Room).

“I strongly value my com­mu­nity and what it rep­re­sents. I have a vested in­ter­est in all as­pects of this com­mu­nity.”

Mrs. Slaney in­di­cated she has al­ways been in­volved in her com­mu­nity and has worked with di­verse com­mu­nity agen­cies through­out her ca­reer. She con­tin­ues to serve on many pro­vin­cial boards as an ad­vo­cate for ser­vices in ru­ral ar­eas of the prov­ince.

She noted she was in­stru­men­tal in se­cur­ing fund­ing to hire a hous­ing sup­port worker for the Burin Penin­sula, a po­si­tion of­fer­ing in­di­vid­ual sup­ports for peo­ple hav­ing dif­fi­culty find­ing suit­able hous­ing.

“I have a very hands-on ap­proach to my work and I am a strong ad­vo­cate for peo­ple and ser­vices.”

Mrs. Slaney said she wants to uti­lize her ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity back­ground to work with oth­ers on a mu­nic­i­pal level to broaden her com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity.

“Marys­town is a grow­ing com­mu­nity and our mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil plays a large role in shap­ing its fu­ture. My vi­sion is to en­sure we cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for our youth by en­gag­ing them and build­ing on cur­rent com­mu­nity pro­grams and pos­si­bly ex­plor­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for a youth cen­ter.

“We must value our youth be­cause the so­cial re­turn of in­vest­ing in them is our fu­ture.”

She rec­og­nizes Marys­town is an eco­nom­i­cally thriv­ing com­mu­nity.

“We have to en­sure man­age­ment of eco­nomic devel­op­ment so we re­tain our won­der­ful ru­ral na­ture while al­ways be­ing open and at­trac­tive to new in­vest­ments. En­hanc­ing cur­rent pro­cesses to at­tract and re­tain peo­ple and busi­nesses is crit­i­cal to our sus­tain­abil­ity.

“We have it make it easy to do busi­ness here. Work­ing with peo­ple and busi­nesses to en­sure ev­ery op­por­tu­nity en­cour­ages growth in our town is very im­por­tant.”

Mrs. Slaney also noted the town is not just about taxes, pot­holes, youth, se­niors, in­fra­struc­ture or so­cial jus­tice is­sues, but all those is­sues and sug­gested a well-bal­anced, holis­tic ap­proach, along with con­tin­u­ous com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, will guide Marys­town to a stronger, more vi­brant com­mu­nity.

She in­di­cated she is ex­cited to be run­ning for coun­cil and is pleased to see a large num­ber of can­di­dates with var­i­ous back­grounds ea­ger to serve res­i­dents.

“The peo­ple of this com­mu­nity are its great­est as­sets, and with good lead­er­ship, sin­cere in­ter­ests and unity, I can only see pos­i­tive out­comes for our town!”

Be­liev­ing the way for­ward is through build­ing on the work and suc­cesses of the pre­vi­ous coun­cil, she said com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, res­i­dent en­gage­ment and trans­parency will guide the town to­ward a uni­fied com­mu­nity liv­ing in the town.

Ms. Slaney en­cour­aged ev­ery­one, par­tic­u­larly new el­i­gi­ble vot­ers, to ex­er­cise their right to vote and select a well-bal­anced coun­cil to rep­re­sent them.

“I am com­mit­ted to my com­mu­nity and ded­i­cated to its progress.”

Lisa Slaney

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