Seeking the nomination
** The names of the contestants are in alphabetical order
Vern is a 51-year-old former journalist and construction worker. In his time as a journalist, Faulkner gained a reputation as a hard-hitting, call-it-like-it-is writer with a capacity to listen to people's concerns, understand their points of view, and express those views compassionately.
His wish is to continue that trend as the MLA for St. Croix. Beyond years of experience covering politics, Vern’s experience includes a three-year term as the chair of the Dennis-Weston Local Service District advisory committee, where he spearheaded a team that helped preserve the Maxwell Crossing Covered bridge. He served a two-year term as a director of the Southwest New Brunswick Regional Service Commission where he gained a reputation for common-sense thinking. He also served on advisory and statutory committees with the commission, and currently chairs the region’s planning committee. Non-profit work includes Habitat for Humanity, Ganong Nature Park, McAdam Heart and Home, and others.
He identifies key issues as:
Access to services: The mad rush to centralize services to urban centres punishes rural residents, especially those struggling to make ends meet. We need services like court, SNB, surgery, and front-line health care to be in the region, to reduce personal costs (travel) and make the region viable for those seeking a new home.
Enhancing local power: our towns and villages need freedom to innovate and provide solutions independent of Fredericton. This also means returning control of education and health to local boards, rather bloated, ineffective, Saint John-based bureaucracies.
Ending corporate giveaways: the $250 million/year flood of taxpayer money going to massive businesses (Aliant, Westjet, Irving), or, perhaps worse, failing companies (ATCON, Sears. Industrial Rail) is an indefensible waste.
Other issues include poverty, food security, sensible forestry practices and ending patronage.
For more, see vernfaulkner.com.
Donna Linton has spent the majority of her life living and working in the St. Croix region.
Graduated from St. Stephen High and NBCC, Donna was employed ten years in the field of individuals with disabilities, both at Little Acres Community Residence and St. Croix Vocational Centre.
Donna, a trained facilitator for a non-violent crisis intervention, is a founding director of The Family Resource Centre of Charlotte County Inc., Charlotte County Alternative Transportation Committee ( Dial-A-Ride), and The Pomeroy Ridge Cemetery Inc. She has sat on the board for New Brunswick Association of Food Banks and Member Council to Food Banks Canada.
As the Coordinator of the Volunteer Centre of Charlotte County since 1993, the following programs have benefited the community: Community kitchens, Income tax program, Emergency assistance, Food bank, Thrift store, Produce Program, News letters, and speaking engagements.
Awards and Certificates and Marches:
Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Award
RBC Community Person Award
Participant in the Year 2000 International March for Women 2000
Donna says that “Taking the steps required to get the Green Party Nomination is a logical step in my vocation of doing what I love! Working with and for all people of this community, working with David Coon is an opportunity second to none to gain experience to enable citizens to make our community prosper”.
“All voters including the voters of St. Croix deserve to be governed fairly”. Linton believes that if nominated to represent the Green Party residents of St. Croix will find they have a tireless hard working individual at their service. “I believe in equal opportunity and it is my desire to ensure that more women are elected at the provincial level”.
“I believe in jobs that lead to a sustainable economy, preserving our natural resources and getting people often excluded included into the community”.