The truth is…

It is important for VOTERS to know that you are NOT obligated to vote for 6 Councilor positions.

Some people simply vote for names they recognize just to fill the 6 Councilor positions.

The truth is…

You can Vote for a minimum of 0 and a maximum of 6 on your ballot.

So vote only for those you believe will be effective as a Councilor.

Please VOTE either on Wednesday Nov. 16th or Saturday, Nov. 19th at the Pomeroy Sports Centre – The polls are open 8:00AM – 8:00PM

All Candidates Forum – Closing Speech

The All Candidates Forum hosted by the FSJ Chamber of Commerce took place on Wednesday, November 9th.  The following is my closing speech from that evening:

Over the next 10 years, as we grow, we will be dealing with more traffic, more strain on infrastructure, schools, service sector, our emergency services and affordable housing will remain an issue.

Increased focus on open communication with all levels of government, the citizens and private business to build healthy relationships is integral to the future success of the Peace Region. Respectful communications will assist in making decisions that will require negotiation, i.e. Fair Share Agreement, Site C, boundary expansion, our airport, senior’s care facilities, public transportation and affordable housing.

We need to elect a City Council that has vision and a plan for our future, as well as the ability to work as a team to bring further opportunities and successes to our community.

Any person representing our community must act with integrity, respecting all citizens and their ideas, and be truthful in all aspects of the position. I believe in creating win-win scenarios, where thoughts are respectfully challenged, negotiation has occurred, and parties are allowed to speak, be heard and be understood.

To quote a movie I recently watched, and my wife has told me to be smiling as I make this statement… (smile :) ) … “I hate losing more than I love winning”.

I am a motivated, competitive person and I want what is best for Fort St. John.
I am passionate about our City and my goal is to be a part of the visioning, planning and decision making that will allow our community to thrive
in the future.

On November 19th, Vote
Byron Stewart for City Council.

Thank you.

All Candidates Forum – Introductory Speech

Hello all,

For those of you that were not able to attend the All Candidates Forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, November 9th, the following was my introductory speech:

I’m Byron Stewart and  I am a candidate for your City Council.

A great city is measured by the quality of the lives of the people who live in it. Fort St. John is a great City by any standard.  And, we are the Energetic City!

I grew up in Fort St. John. I went to school at Robert Ogilvie Elementary, Dr. Kearney and was among the first class to graduate from the new North Peace Secondary School.  The colors of our local Flyers hockey teams, blue & white,
run through my veins. Beginning at the age of eight, playing on the local rep
teams, I learned what it means to represent this City and what it means to have
pride in our community.  I’m a Fort St. John kid, a 39 year old kid, who wants to continue to serve his city.

My brother and I learned our values from two loving parents, Don and Leona Stewart. From them I learned the following…

  • I learned that what matters, is not your name, but how
    you work to accomplish goals and get things done.  
  • I learned that greater success is often achieved when
    people work together to get things done rather than working divided. 
  • I have also learned that I must be prepared to work
    hard and take on a tough fight at times to do what is right and that making a real difference in people’s lives is what matters most.

My Dad, Don Stewart, accomplished many things in his career as Fire Chief and as a Council member for our City.  Through all his years and accomplishments, I learned something fundamental from my father … people matter, public service matters.

I am very proud of my father’s legacy, proud of my family name, and I try every day to honour my parents and all they taught me.

I am putting my name forward on the ballot for City Council based on my own record of service to the people of Fort St. John.  I offer new, fresh ideas for an ever-changing City.

We live in exciting times and our City Council, business sector and regional public need to unite in order for our community to thrive.   We cannot predict exactly what the future will look like, but we can make decisions based on the opportunities and challenges the future may hold.

Fort St. John is where I grew up, where I went to school, where I first
earned a dollar and where my wife, Lisa and I are proud to call home. This is
where I have lived my life and followed my family’s tradition of community-based public service. I know what this city is, I know what it has been, and I have a vision of what I know  it can still become.

Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce and the Pomeroy Hotel for hosting this forum, thank you Georges Rivard for moderating, thank you to all the candidates for participating and having the courage and vision to put your names forward in
this election and thank you to all the residents of Fort St. John, both in this
room and at home that take an active interest in the direction of this great
community.

We need a vision; we need to make a plan; we need to carry through.

On November 19th,
Vote Byron Stewart for City Council

 

 

Remembrance Day

Canada has always been known for its peaceful people, vibrant culture, and beautiful countryside. But even more that, Canada is known for its patriotism. Today, November 11th, Remembrance Day, let us salute those patriotic men and women who served the nation selflessly.

 

YOU Can Vote

The Election is upon us!

Tomorrow is the first Advance Voting Day – 8:00 am – 8:00 pm at The Pomeroy Sports Centre

YOU Can Vote:

You are eligible to vote in a local election as a resident elector if you:

  • are 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months before you register to vote;
  • have lived in the municipality, regional district electoral area, school district, or Islands Trust area where you intend to vote for at least 30 days before you register to vote; and,
  • are not disqualified by the Local Government Act, any other Act, or the Courts from voting in a local election.

You are eligible to vote as a non-resident property elector if you are 18 years of age or older on general voting day; are a Canadian citizen; have lived in British Columbia for at least six months before you register to vote; are not disqualified by the Local Government Act, any other Act, or the Courts from voting in a local election; and, have owned property in the jurisdiction where you intend to vote for at least 30 days before you register to vote.
Where and when to vote:

Advanced voting – Pomeroy Sports Centre November 9 & 16 from 8 AM to 8 PM
General Election Day – Pomeroy Sports Centre on November 19th from, 8 AM to 8 PM

For more info visit: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/gov_structure/Elections/

What a great week; Informative and Productive!

This past week has, once again, been busy and exciting…

On Tuesday evening I attended the kick-off party for MOVEMBER at the Lido, at
which I had the opportunity to shave Mr. Tyson Mowat`s face. Cancer has affected many aspects of my life and I think it is awesome to see so many people participating in growing their mo`s for a good cause.

On Wednesday, I attended the Fluoride Information Session at The Lido which
was organized by the City.  The sesson featured presentations by
Dr. Arthur Conn from Health Canada who spoke in favour of flouride and Dr.
James Beck, a former professor, who presented against adding flouride to
water.  It was an interesting evening and I encourage you to do some research about fluoride and decide for yourself if you would like the City to continue adding it to our water. This is a referendum question that will be on the ballot and your vote counts!

On Thursday, the Arts Council hosted an all-candidates forum at the North Peace Cultural Centre.  There was very good discussion with valid points
and new ideas.  Anyone who knows me, knows just how much I care about the arts and how important arts and culture is in exhibiting the character of our community to the world outside.  It was a good evening and it brought all the candidates in the same room for the first time this election.  The next public forum is November 9th at the Pomeroy Hotel.

On Friday, Lisa and I attended the FSJ Hospital Foundation’s Gala Dinner & Auction as they kicked off their “Be an Angel” Campaign.  This was a well organized, fun event and I am happy to pass on the news, to anyone who may not have heard, that our new hospital is scheduled to open on time and on budget…
Awesome!  One issue that I am continuing to look into is the fact that there is no heli-pad planned on this 40 acre site.  There will be more to come on this issue soon!

What a great week; informative and productive!

On Sunday, the plan is to get more signs out to those that have asked for one on your lawn…THANK YOU for the support!!  If anyone else would like to have a “coveted” Vote for Byron Stewart lawn sign, please contact me and I will make it happen!

Please remember that the first ADVANCE VOTING DATE is this Wednesday November 9th at the Pomeroy Sports Centre…  get out early and  Vote Byron Stewart for City Council!

Our names as they will appear on the ballot

Here is the list of candidates as they will appear on the ballot; please note that Byron Stewart is listed 9th in the order  – A good place to start your VOTE!

Mayor

Don Irwin

Mike Murray

Lori Ackerman

 

Councillor

Trevor Bolin

Dan Pope

Sarah Palmer

Gord Klassen

Bruce Christensen

Dan Davies

Larry Evans

Brandon Joice

>Byron Stewart – A good place to start your VOTE!

Tamara Wilkinson

Carol Kube

 

School District Trustees

Jaret Thompson

Adrian Telizyn

Darrel Pasichnyk

Linda Nielsen