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
We need a vision; we need to make a plan; we need to carry through.
On November 19th,
Vote Byron Stewart for City Council