· Island Alternative Measures Society youth counselor. I worked closely with this organization to mentor troubled youth and to facilitate the restorative justice process.
· Silicon Island Art and Innovation Center. I sat on this Board of Directors for two years and helped advise small technology businesses that were part of the incubator model. Here I met with the areas best and brightest young entrepreneurs and saw first hand the next generation of local business owners
· Fair-Airfare for Sydney. I sat on this committee made up of business people, volunteers and community leaders to meet with airline officials to lower ticket prices on flights out of Sydney airport.
· Sydney Academy School Advisory Council. I sat on this council for two years as a member and then chaired the council for the next two years. In that time we signed a memorandum with the YMCA to set up an onsite gym, introduced a healthy menu in the cafeteria, created the SA Alumni Dinner, advocated for increased funding and oversaw the upgrade and renovation project
· Kiwanis Club of Sydney. I was a member of this service club from 1992-2010 and served as a President, board member, committee chair, fundraiser and active member. I was honored to win the 'Kiwanian of the Year' award twice, given the Distinguished Past President Award and made a member of the Mel Osbourne Fellowship.
· IWK/Regional Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Clinic. I chaired the committee for six years that oversaw the quarterly Cardiac Clinic run by the Kiwanis Club of Sydney. I worked closely with the IWK pediatric Cardiology Department, the hospital and the community to ensure the future of this partnership.
· The Kiwanis Pool. I chaired the committee that ran the Kiwanis Pool for four years. In that time the Board brought the pool back into the black financially, increased membership, expanded services and saw an increase usage.
· KEY CLUB youth volunteer advisor. The KEY CLUB is a high school volunteer group that I was pleased to chair for eight years. The goal was to mentor youth and show them the power of volunteering and what effect it has on a community.
· MADD Cape Breton. I served as the local chapter president for Mothers Against Drunk Driving for just over three years and it was one of my proudest moments as a volunteer. We worked hard as a Board to increase awareness, educate the public and to increase services to victims families. Our Chapter was recognized several times for fundraising and event organization.
· Clothe-A-Family. I helped create and promote this project that collects and distributes winter clothing for the Salvation Army. This project has been the largest one of its kind since 1998.
· Golf for Dad prostate cancer fundraiser and awareness event. I have been a member of this committee for the past eight years. This has become the largest and most anticipated golf tournament in the area and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars along with awareness for prostate cancer.
· Cape Breton Auto Show Society. This committee was set up by local community members who wanted to promote the island as a destination for car buffs. The event became the largest car show in the area and raised tens of thousands of dollars for the cancer center at the regional hospital.
· Member of the “100 Men that Care”
United Way of Cape Breton Award
In 2005 the United Way of Cape Breton honored me with the first ever Harvey Webber Memorial “Citizen of the Year Award" in recognition of my dedication to community service. This was a special award for me because Harvey Webber was a friend and mentor.
· Open the dialogue to establish Term Limits for Councillors
· Repeal the $140.00 weekly travel allowance
· Quarterly “Town Hall” meetings with residents
· Increased Municipal Services for District 4
· Fair taxation
· Cut the “Red Tape” so small business can grow
· Donate a portion of my salary to District 4 causes/projects
COUNCILLOR DISTRICT 4
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