Candidate wants to improve community pride
Jeff Oake has announced his candidacy for Marystown councillor this Sept. 24 Municipal Election.
He was one of 16 individuals who submitted their nominations Sept. 3.
Mr. Oake said “I decided to run for council because I truly believe we need young blood in council who have similar concerns as the people in our community.”
He was born and raised in Marystown and has lived most of his adult life here, currently residing in Creston North with his wife, Tammy, and three young children.
“I have been very active in our community over the past number of years, volunteering with both minor hockey and soccer.”
Mr. Oake has coached minor hockey, soccer and ball hockey and also served as a director and executive member for minor sports.
He was President of the Marystown United Minor Soccer Association and last year was representative for female hockey with the Marystown Minor Hockey Associ- ation..
“As a councillor, I would fight for continued improvement to recreation and the facilities that house them. I feel recreation for our youth and all constituents is very important.
“Being involved in community sports helps give children and people of all ages, a sense of belonging and doing well for their community team.”
Mr. Oake has been employed in the Marystown and surrounding area for the past number of years, first with Sobeys and now with Newfoundland Power. He said both positions have allowed him to work closely with the general public, and enjoy speaking with local residents on a daily basis.
“Community pride is important and I would like to see this fostered in our community. Families are the building blocks of our community and we need to find ways to prosper growth of the family and build a sense of community.”
Mr. Oake said he would like to give back to our seniors with increased programs focused on them.
“With all of the new candidates that are running for a spot as councillor, there will be lots of new ideas to help generate positive change in our community.”