In 18 years as Winkler City Councillor I have served on most council committees, Deputy Mayor as well as inter-municipal committees including Pembina Valley Water CO-OP and RRBC.
Having lived and worked in Northern, Central and Southern Manitoba as well as Winnipeg has prepared me well to understand the challenges faced by your Municipalities both larger and smaller. My work experience includes agriculture, teaching, building contractor, ambulance EMT and firefighter. I am a proud husband, father of two married children and grandparent to 4 beautiful grandchildren.
This experience has proven invaluable in my work at FCM Board level. I have asked to serve on and actively participated in the Rural, Northern as well as Conference Planning Committees. FCM's International work has given me the opportunity to serve as Latin American Governance Representative for our International partnerships.
I've always felt that we are at our strongest when we work together. I strive to continue building partnerships with other communities and other levels of government through communication and collaboration.
FCM is your organization that is effective at making change in how Ottawa will help meet the needs of Manitoba municipalities, towns and cities. Whether your community is in the North or South, Small or Large, Urban or Rural, we are facing tough challenges balancing costs and services.
That is why I have been an active board member since 2010, collaboratively looking ahead and planning for the future of all our communities. It has been an honour to contribute consistently on numerous committees with roles of increasing responsibility. I have been honoured to be requested by FCM to represent the organization both nationally and internationally.
My FCM appointment continues currently in serving on the "Prairies and Territories Caucus", the "Rural Forum", "Northern Forum", "International Relations Committee", and "Municipal Finance" committees. I have been honoured to serve as vice-chair of the International committee for two years.
I particularly enjoy representing your communities' needs with MP's and Senators of all parties in Ottawa. It is important to have experienced leaders bring Municipal needs to the table. I pledge to use my experience to strongly advocate for your needs.
Working together with our staff at FCM, we get work done: On infrastructure, housing and community safety, to name a few. It is very rewarding when the Federal budget included a number of initiatives that FCM has been advocating for.
I hope to get a chance to meet you in Ottawa. Please feel free to contact me any time at: email@example.com or by text/phone at 204 362 4148.
I would be glad to hear your thoughts and concerns, and to learn more about your community and the unique challenges and opportunities you have.
It would be an honour to continue representing your municipality on the FCM Board in the coming year. I respectfully ask for your support and vote on Sunday June 4, 2017 so I can continue to use my experience to advocate for your community.