Alberni election: The News is running profiles of candidates in the Alberni civic election. They are presented in no particular order.Schoffer seeks positive start

The News is running profiles of candidates in the Alberni civic election. They are presented in no particular order.

  • Nov. 10, 2011 11:00 a.m.

Politics deals with the concept that there is always something wrong— that the community or process has to change and things need to be better. That may be true, but we need to start from a positive foundation.

More than ever we need to focus on working creatively with industry, organizations, businesses and educational partners to meet community needs.

My platform: Connecting our Community through Community Engagement.

I have lived in Port Alberni for 32 years; raised a family here and now help support our beautiful grandchildren. I have worked for non-profits, owned several businesses and most importantly am an active volunteer.

When I ran for council last election, in 2008, looking back I think I was a little naive. I have spent the last three years on many committees and developed a working understanding of municipal politics.

I am 57 years old (a senior in training), married, very involved in my community and a person with a disability who is not defined by my disability.

When you have a community that has a strong sense of purpose, that has faith in its leadership and in its members, those people enjoy what they do and they have a strong sense of belonging. You build a fabulous community and governance team.

I want to be part of that team.

I have the time, energy, some experience and dedication to be part of a team that helps make our community dreams possible.

What’s your community dream?

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