We asked the readers of Connecting Albert County what they would like to ask the candidates, and we have picked these two questions from the ones we received.
- COVID has shown us the value of supporting local. What might you do to help attract, encourage or support new businesses in our communities?
- What can be done to meet the needs of seniors in our community?
Seven candidates for four Hillsborough Councillor positions:
The seven candidates, Tyler Bickford, Jeff A. Jonah (incumbent), Jeff A. Land (incumbent), Melody Land, Kourtney C. Pluim, Barry E. Snider and Trent A. Steeves have 200 words (in total) to answer the questions. We invited candidates to provide photographs and offered the opportunity to advertise. The responses are presented in the order in which they were received. Three candidates did not submit replies to the questions.
One thing that COVID has shown us is the effects of isolation on mental health and the importance of personal connection, particularly among our seniors.
Our Anglophone school district has piloted a program in a few schools that paired up high school volunteers with seniors in their community. They communicate through phone or video on a regular basis.
This gives the seniors the personal contact that is so often needed and it gives the students the chance to learn from an elder in their community.
I would like to help our school do the same with seniors in our community. We could have volunteer students matched up with volunteer seniors in both our community and our senior's residences.
Something that will not only benefit the seniors, but the community as a whole is a grocery store. To be honest, I don't know yet how we can accomplish this, but I look forward to taking on this issue with the rest of the council as this is something that is lacking in our village.
- Although COVID has shown us the importance of supporting local, it is not the only reason we need to continue this practice. I have always been a strong believer in supporting our neighbours and local organizations. My goal as a candidate for Municipal Council is to bring stakeholders together to find a solution to our need for grocery supplies. There are many forms this could take from a re-opened grocery store to a more frequent food market. We need to bring together stakeholders who have ideas beyond the Council room walls to brainstorm ways of supporting our residents.
- Meeting the needs of seniors is extremely important to me. Being part of a solution to food security is certainly an important part of support for our seniors. We need to ensure our seniors have a voice. I would support a representative of Council sitting on the Seniors Committee to hear their concerns related to living in Hillsborough and bringing those forward so we can work together in an effort to improve day to day living in Hillsborough.
I believe everyone regardless of their age should have a voice. Make your voice heard, on May 10th I ask for your support.
- We CAN make Hillsborough a destination for homebased, micro, and small businesses. We need to fiercely advocate for stronger internet services. Building business community means building relationships, so being active in the Chamber/networking groups and assisting advertising about businesses we have, and what we want to attract, is important. Developing a Village marketing strategy that supports local business, upping our social media game, and encouraging mainstream media coverage are things we should pursue. In my wildest dreams, I would love to develop a co-working/business center, where business owners could utilize needed resources: technologies, internet, printing, space, and information people need to start/run a business.
- I want to meet directly with seniors in our community to develop an action plan. I believe having easy access to daily necessities, opportunity for social and relationship building experiences, and adequate healthcare services are areas we need to provide advocacy and support for. I would like to help engage our community by developing programming to connect youth and seniors by allowing them opportunities to share their experiences and expertise. Fibre Arts are back “in” again, and who else but teenagers know how to really use the features on a cell phone?!
Thank you for your consideration to be able to represent you. I have lived in the area my entire life. I raised my family, ran a successful business and currently work here.
I’m proud to have been able to support our community through Local, National and International events in the past. I am currently a Board Member of the Atlantic Nationals Car Show, which always brings opportunities to promote the area.
I look forward to the opportunity to build on what past Council has achieved by trying to entice more businesses into the Village, to grow our business sector, and create jobs. This will help grow the population in the village, which will then help grow our housing market. By bringing new businesses, new jobs, new residents, and new homes to the Village, we can increase our tax base without a tax increase. This then gives us a better ability to create more of a positive change for the Village.
The knowledge and experience that I earned while running a business in the Village, the connections I have made in business, government, and Community, will be a great asset for the Village. Please vote for me on May 10th.