** The names of the contestants are in alphabetical order
Wayne began his investment in Saint John in 1983 when he and his wife, Kathy, moved into the South End. That decision tied their future with that of the community. They raised three children and became involved in every level of community life.
He and Kathy renovated a century old home and planted a garden. He was a recreational supervisor, a parent of three students in the public school system and a Scout leader. As a partner in Thera-Ped and a founding partner in a software start-up he learned the economic realities Saint John-Harbour faces.
As pastor of Germain St. United Baptist Church he realized that the problems facing individuals in his community could only be resolved by addressing the social and political structural issues that created them. He became involved in poverty reduction strategies, social housing, the opposition to the LNG terminal (and itsassociated pipeline) and in advocating for an alternative to the P3 funding model for Saint John’s water treatment system. In recent years he has been a strong opponent of the unjust tax concessions enjoyed by some large corporations in New Brunswick which are contributing to the financial difficulties the province is experiences.
Political involvement is the natural extension of Wayne’s work in the church. He believes that to be truly human is to exercise some control of one’s own future. Democratic involvement should become a mechanism to empower those who feel their interests have not been heard in the discussions that shape their futures.
Wayne was recruited and ran as a candidate for the NDP in the 2010 election and placed a close 3rd in a three way race. But by 2014 it was clear that Wayne was no longer welcome in the New NDP. He ran a short campaign with the Green Party and has, since that time, worked both within the riding and on Provincial Council to build the presence of the party in preparation for the 2018 election.
Joining David Coon in the legislature would be fitting extension of his efforts in the riding over many years.
Ryan is a young professional who lives with his family and works in the rejuvenated and thriving neighbourhood of uptown Saint John. He grew up in the greater Saint John area and also graduated from UNBSJ. He has always had an admiration of the unique landscape in Saint John; consequently, he has developed a deep relationship with those who surround him and share the environment with him. Hence, his understanding of the environment and its people is what has led him to seek the Green Party of New Brunswick’s candidacy for the Saint John Harbour riding.
Ryan has worked throughout the province of New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada in numerous industries as a business development representative. He has seen firsthand and worked with those who are the back bone of our economy, while also providing innovative solutions for these organizations and their facilities. He has partaken in the successes of productive environmental policies and as a result he was able to experience the economic growth that comes with it. Over the past decade, Ryan has been involved with the Saint John Trojans Rugby Football Club and the rugby community in New Brunswick. As a member of the club’s executive, he has contributed to the organizations involvement in the community; player development, youth programs and charity contributions.
Prior to beginning his career, Ryan attended the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science. Throughout his academic years he studied and researched a variety of topics that face the political institutions of our municipality, province and nation. This allowed him to gain a unique insight and a deeper understanding to the challenges that confront our governments. His education and experiences within his career has allowed him to observe the benefits of effective public policy and see the faults, but also the solutions to poor policy.
Ryan’s work experience and education offer a unique and impactful understanding of public policy. This knowledge and insight, he feels, will bring meaningful changes to the Green Party of New Brunswick and the citizens of Saint John Harbour. He hopes that you will support him in what he believes is the best way he can help build a better future for the families and individuals of your community.