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Today’s The Day: Fort McMurray Rocks The Vote!

(I fully rip apart all sense of impartiality today and endorse certain candidates, read on for the exciting, biased details!)

Your community. Your vote. RMWB Election 2010 If you’ve been living under a rock (or, to be fair, out at a work-camp) then you may not have seen all the signs and know that today is Election Day here in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. And that’s ok, because there’s still time for you to get out and rock the vote. (voting info here)

Today is the day when residents of our region can make their voices heard and elect a mayor and council that they think will be the best representatives for our region. I’ve got my fingers crossed that this will be the best council elected in recent memory.

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Need A Ride on Election Day? No Worries, Ross Jacobs Has You Covered.

ross jacobs profileThis afternoon I received a press release from The Committee to Elect Ross Jacobs, wherein the folks supporting Ross are offering free rides to Ward 1 voters on election day.

From the press release:

Ross Jacobs has announced this afternoon that his campaign team will be offering free transportation to the advance polls and on election day to voters in ward 1. When asked why he launched this initative Ross said, “it’s a chance for me to live up to my promise of making this election the most quantifiable in wood buffalo history”

So there you have it. Now there’s just one more excuse that won’t work for you when you try to tell folks why you can’t vote on election day.

For those interested in taking Ross up on the offer, go over to http://www.rossjacobs.ca/ and fill out the registration form.

Please all, get out and vote! Make an impact, make a change, make a future.

Phil Meagher – Better Know A Candidate

(late submission)

phil meagher profileABOUT Phil

My name is Phil Meagher, I am a 27 year resident of Fort McMurray, my wife, Sherri and I have raised five children here.  I am a five term councilor having been first elected in 1995 during the amalgamation.  I am the Chief Deputy Superintendent of the Fort McMurray Public School District.  In my spare time I am very active in our church, Fellowship Baptist, I referee Hockey, 21 years in the AJHL, I enjoy running, I’m an inductee in the Wood Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame for running, I sit on many boards and committees the united Way being one of them.  I very much enjoy the outdoors and you can find me most weekends hiking our many trails around town.  I call Fort McMurray my home, but I grew up in rural New Brunswick, I attended UNB for my Bed degree and then moved here in 1983 to teach.  Went on to complete my maters at the University of Victoria and have enjoyed a great administrative career.

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Ross Jacobs – Better Know A Candidate

(late submission)


ross jacobs profile

About Ross

I’m a twenty-nine year old father of two boys, and husband to my beautiful wife. I’m employed as the General Manager of the non-profit organization Community Futures Wood Buffalo, which helps small and medium sized business in a variety of areas from lending to planning. I’m an active community member and work with a number of non-profit organizations like Kids Forever, Keyano College Foundation, Royal Canadian Legion Branch #165, and The Northern Lights Health Foundation. I’m also the current Chairman of the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board.

In my spare time I enjoy playing with my kids, volunteering, geocaching, and playing hockey when time allows.


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Sheldon Germain – Better Know A Candidate

(late submission)

sheldon germain profileABOUT Sheldon

I am a lifetime resident of Fort McMurray and am proud to be now raising my 3 children in this great region with my wife, Gerarda.  I work as a Vice-Principal for the Fort McMurray Catholic School District at Sister Mary Phillips K-8 School.  I was first elected in 1998 as the youngest ever Municipal Councilor at the age of 26 and for the next 3 terms have had the honor of receiving the most amount of votes for the office of councilor.

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Mike Allen – Better Know A Candidate

mike allen profileABOUT MIKE

I moved my young family to Fort McMurray in 1993 for the opportunity of owning and operating a small business, Campbell’s Music. As the community began its rapid growth, I became more involved in community initiatives, serving as the President of the Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce for 2 terms, Treasurer of Wood Buffalo Housing. My children have since grown up and are off to University, allowing me more time to give back to the community that has benefitted my family greatly.

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Melissa Blake – Better Know A Candidate

About Melissa

melissa blake profileI’m Melissa Blake, two-term Mayor with two additional terms on Council before that. I have served the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as an elected official continuously since 1998. I am 40 years old, happily married to Peter Jurak and we have two sons, Jackson (6 yrs) and Jason (15 months). Peter was born in Fort McMurray and I came as a child in 1982, and this is the only home for each of us. I graduated from Composite High, attended Keyano College and completed my Bachelor of Administration degree there through Athabasca University. I have worked in many positions, from service to professional, but the bulk of my career was at Syncrude in such areas as Public Affairs, Materials & Services, and, finally, Recruiting.


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