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