Alberni potential drives Hewitt

The News profiles some of the candidates who are running Alberni's civic election. They are presented in no particular order.

  • Nov. 17, 2011 3:00 p.m.

I have lived in Port Alberni for 19 years, have had the privilege of raising two children here and now look forward to watching four grandsons grow up here as well.

Since putting down roots in the Alberni Valley, I have always felt like this is the best place on Earth. There is such potential here.

I feel that by the sheer numbers of candidates who have stepped up to run for local office; people are ready for a change and some new ideas. It’s time to look forward.

Port Alberni has been a great place to live and to work and now is the right time for me to step up and be part of the team that works to ensure the city develops a stable economy, a healthy environment and remains a desirable location in which to raise a family or retire.

I have experience working in forestry, health and safety, business management and for the past three years have worked as an executive director and administrator for a local non-profit society. It is during this time I have learned that all people deserve a voice, need to be encouraged and need to feel valued.

I have learned to remain positive when faced with adversity. Working collaboratively, assessing all ideas, seeking all the facts, “exhausting all avenues” and most of all being an active listener; are all skills that enable me to have the confidence that I will make a good councillor.

I am conscious of the fact that it will not be an easy task. I am ready to take on the responsibility. I have experience working with all three levels of government and I am committed to doing my part to ensure our vision for the future success and growth of Port Alberni becomes a reality.