CONTRIBUTION · 19th October 2014
1. Who are you? Tell the public a little about yourself.
1. Hello, my name is Paul Lagace. My wife, Jennifer along with our daughter, Viola now age four, call Kitimat our home. We made the decision to leave Ontario and move to this beautiful part of the province two and a half years ago because we love the north and the ocean. For more than fifty years my father, Joe worked as a transmission man/mechanic. Although I have pursued the academic route, recently finishing six years at Seminary in Toronto, the core value of hard work and loyalty is a spin off from my dad. It can also be said that my blood runs blue; my great-grand parents, my grandmother, and my mother, all sold blueberries in the Muskoka area for over 60 years. Regarding my interests, my passion for languages, theatre, poetry, spicy Carribean and Indian food falls into play when I am not hard at work. Regarding my experience, I served two years as Student President at Seminary, owned operated my own Theatre/Publishing Company, and oversaw and ran a Youth Group in Downtown Toronto.
2. What do you bring to the Council table?
2. I firmly believe that all members of the community, from an advocate’s perspective, deserve to be heard. My frontline work with the Kitimat Housing Resource Project and my Parent Support work help me in part to understand the direct needs of the people in this community. Furthermore, I will foster increased dialogue with all people and stakeholders, who choose to call Kitimat their home.
3. What is your experience with local politics?
3. I have run previously for council in my home town of Orillia in 2000, and have sat on their Parks and Recreation Board. I also currently serve on the District of Kitimat Housing Committee, Violence Against Women in Relationships (VAWIR) Community Committee, and work with a sub-committee of the Kitimat Interagency Committee on the Extreme Weather Shelter.
4. What personal attribute best qualifies you for office and how will you apply it to your role in office?
4. My innovativeness and determination best qualify me for office. As a councillor, my innovativeness will allow me to explore all possibilities and my determination works to find solutions, in any situation presented.
5. How would you improve relationships with Kitimat's neighbours?
5. Regarding Haisla Nation, we must welcome them to the table as equal partners. Regarding Terrace, we need to better learn from each other’s successes and short-comings. In both cases, dialogue is essential.
6. If you could bring one commercial business to Kitimat, which business would you bring and why?
6. I would bring something like a Liquidation World that carries quality products and groceries at an affordable price. Let me also say, thankfully, we still have ‘What’s in Store’.
7. If you could do any one thing in your role on Council to make Kitimat more prosperous, what would that be?
7. More responsibilities are being placed on municipalities from governments. Kitimat needs to look at alternate means and partnerships with developers and industry that will benefit all members of our community.
8. If you could do one thing in your role on council to make Kitimat a better place, what would that be?
8. We need to better play into our location so that together we can continue to call Kitimat one of the most desired places in which to live. We need both ocean access and hot spring access for everyone. We should also consider developing a ski hill.
9. How would you define your leadership style and how does that style contribute to a more effective council?
9. In leadership I am able to look at all perspectives in any situation, whether I am personally supportive or not. This allows me to make tough decisions and move forward on things in a timely manner.
10. If there was something you could do to make Kitimat more environmentally friendly what would it be and why?
10. We need to look at some sort of curb-side recycling program. Not everyone is able-bodied, nor has access to transportation to Service Centre, nor do some folk’s schedules allow for it. As well, we need to keep Kitimat beautiful. Fines should be increased/better enforced for illegal dumping and littering. (Personally, I usually ride my bicycle to work.)
11. In 15 words or less: What is the meaning of life?
11. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” – James 1:2-3