Can­di­date wants to im­prove com­mu­nity pride

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

Jeff Oake

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