Ron Kerr believes his varied experience will help his win a seat on city council.
In the nearly 40 years that Kerr’s lived in Campbell River he has been involved in sports, business, the arts, and serving on committees.
He said he believes Campbell River has plenty of opportunities for growth.
“Campbell River offers us many unique opportunities and I’m looking forward to working with Council and staff to create an effective and accountable government,” said Kerr.
“My vision for Campbell River is one that will welcome growth and prosperity in all areas,” he added.
“A future that offers opportunity and training for our youth, good paying jobs for families, support and security for our seniors, and help and assistance for those without.”
Kerr ran a private health clinic and college for many years with his wife Pauline. He said he gained important skills from this experience.
“Thoughtful mediation and resolution skills played a very important part in our success,” explained Kerr.
“I will bring these skills to my position as your councillor.”
He also ran landscape, contracting, and nursery businesses for 28 years, which serviced all commercial and residential properties all over the North Island.
He said this experience has made him more aware of challenges that builders and developers face in the community.
He was director and president of the Campbell River Credit Union Advisory Planning Committee, president of the Campbell River Arts Council, River City Players and the Rotary Club.
He was also a member of the Spirit Square Steering Committee which designed Spirit Square.
Presently he is vice-chairman of the Community Advisory Committee, and sits on the steering committee for the new Sustainable Official Community Plan (SOCP). Kerr said this experience will help him if he is to gain a seat on city council.
“This varied experience has made me aware of many different points of view throughout the city,” explained Kerr.
Kerr wears a kilt in celebration of his family’s heritage, and he is founder of the Tartan Society of Campbell River.
He is dedicating his election campaign to his great grandfather, Alexander Kerr, who served as a city councillor during the birth of the country.
Kerr said the values of that time are as important today as they were then, and he promises to respect them and to make Campbell River better.
“This city is our home and I want it to be a welcome, prosperous and safe place for all of us, said Kerr.
“I want an open City Hall working hard to make Campbell River everything we all know it can be.”