As candidates for council we all have different strengths to bring to the table. We vote for people who we believe possess certain qualities to make a strong council. As we approach election day we ask ourselves what each candidate can do for us.
For those of you who know me well, you know how independent I am and have been from a very young age. I believe that hard work pays off and there is always room for improvement. I have always provided for my children and worked hard to give them a stable home. I have never thought myself too good for any job, no matter what it is I always do my best. I have had many different types of jobs, from a janitor, cook, fisherwoman, receptionist, teacher’s aid, secretary, forestry technical liaison, etc. but with every one of those jobs I have always been consistent with giving my all. I do well in any given situation. I look for creative solutions to different problems or challenges.
My last employment was a Forestry Technical Liaison for the Consultation and Accommodation Unit at the MMS. My job was to attend meetings with the government (MDDEP and CREGIM) that were solely conducted in french regarding wildlife and natural resources in Migmaq Territory. The purpose of my position was to bring back relevant information to the three communities, Gesgapegiag, Listuguj and Gespeg. I wrote reports for each of the meetings I attended and made presentations.
I was a link between the consultation tables that I sat at and the three communities. It was very rewarding knowing that with my job I was able to help my people fight for their rights in regards to the land and be informed of environmental issues and laws being passed on our territory.
I learned that being able to speak, read and write french is a valuable tool to have especially in a province where it is the official language and am very fortunate to be able to do so. It is important for us to be informed about what decisions are being made at the government level that directly affect us.
The skills that I have learned through my work experiences are valuable skills that I can use to keep the community informed of important issues that affect us. Given the opportunity I will work hard to help find solutions to the challenges that our community is facing. I am willing and able to do the work that it’s going to take to get our community back on track.