BYELECTION 2016: Gerry Shaw

Gerry Shaw is a candidate in the City of Greenwood 2016 byelection.

Gerry Shaw

I want to thank the Boundary Creek Times for this opportunity to inform the readers of my candidacy, my qualifications, my vision and my request for their support.

I was raised in the Boundary area and I have lived in Greenwood and surrounding area for over 27 years. My wife Christi and I have been privileged to raise our family here. We own and operate one of Greenwood’s businesses (Race Trac Gas) and we have a genuine desire to see Greenwood grow in a positive manner. We also see the necessity of growth and economic development, but not to the detriment of Greenwood’s heritage.

My basic desire is to see a council with  cooperative spirit that is open, honest and transparent to the public. A council that is fiscally accountable. We need a council that will show strong leadership and a council with a vision for future development but also with an appreciation of our heritage.

I feel I would help contribute to the success and growth of Greenwood and would love to have the opportunity again to serve my community as a councillor.

I bring to the table a strong financial background and understanding of long-term planning and development. I have experience in the workings of the city as I served one term on council in the past with my portfolio including economic development, finance and personnel.

I also served as president of the Board of Trade, Master of the King Edward Lodge, and have been a board member on several hockey and soccer boards in the Boundary. For the past 14 years I have been heavily involved in volunteering my time as a community coach spending countless hours coaching and driving kids to and from hockey arenas, soccer and baseball fields throughout the Boundary.

These experiences, along with operating our own business, have given me both strong management skills and a cooperative community understanding. Prior to owning and operating a local business for 16 years, I worked in production as an employee and a manager and have been involved in collective bargaining, both as an employee and as a manager

I feel that to be a success and to see growth within our community, we need to have a mutual vision and to set achievable goals.

I will happily contribute to any concepts brought forward to improve the City of Greenwood.

A vote for Gerry Shaw is a vote for financial responsibility, a strong commitment to community spirit and a fresh outlook to council.  I believe openness and transparency is the key to good governance.

Thank you for your vote on June 18.