Phone: (705) 266-4528
It was 1916 and a young Ukrainian boy named Tom Sckrepnik left war torn Ukraine for a better life. He crossed Europe to France. Having no money he was willing to work his way on any ship heading towards Canada. By luck or by fate one morning on the docks, my grandfather saw a man named Mike Roman. Mike was waving a ticket to Canada that he did not want to use (almost like the Titanic story). My Grandpa Tom was on his way. In Canada he headed towards opportunity and that was Timmins.
My mother’s Irish father came to Timmins in 1929. Here he and his French Canadian bride raised 13 children. All of my grandparents were hardworking people whose footprints have contributed to what Timmins is today. My father has spent his 74 years living in the same home on Columbus Avenue. He has seen the City of Timmins grow into the community it is today. I remember my mother saying that my father would rather buy new shoes for his boys than new shoes for himself.
My mother, who raised 5 boys not only is a saint for doing so, but was also involved in parent councils and volunteer work in Timmins. My hardworking parents and grandparents have stayed in Timmins because it is a great place to raise a family.
I am a Councillor in Ward 1 because “I believe in our community.” I, like you, want Timmins to be successful. I am passionate about this northern place I call home.
With a young family and a thriving business I still find time to serve my community. One term as Rotary of the Porcupine president, has shown me, that there are some very generous people in Mountjoy, Timmins, Schumacher, South Porcupine, Porcupine and surrounding areas.
As a past Board member of the Chamber of Commerce, I witnessed first hand the commitment of many business leaders who see things from a different angle and would like to participate in community decisions.
As a founding member of the LCC that overlooks forest management plans, I have gained a good understanding of challenges our forestry industry faces.
As a builder of the bridge-to-bridge loop, I did not only help build a trail, but I built great new friendships with Benoit Melancon from Domtar and Kees Pols from the Mattagami Region Conservation Authority. Ladies and gentlemen, I am finding that the more I give, the more I receive.
My thoughts on leadership are summed up in this quote by John Rohn: “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.
If you would like to speak to me please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone me at: 705-266-4528
Merci, thank you.