Meet the Candidates: Mary Gay

Village of Montrose: Gay, Mary – Councillor Candidate

  • Oct. 23, 2014 12:00 p.m.

I have enjoyed being a long term resident of Montrose for 38 wonderful years.  During this time, my husband and I have raised a family of three children in this recreational minded area.  I retired in 2007 after working as a Care Aide in health care at Talarico Place in Castlegar for 16 years.  It was at that time, that I wanted to become more active in the local community.  I started off by volunteering at Kate’s Kitchen and am still there today.  As I wanted to contribute more to Montrose, I became curious of the political workings of our village and decided to run for council.  I enjoyed the past three years as a councillor for Montrose and soon learned that change does not happen overnight.  Currently, I am President of the Ladies Auxiliary at the Legion (Branch #11), Vice President at the Municipal Pension Retiree Association, and Chair on the Montrose Recreation Committee.

The most difficult challenge the council has faced these past three years, is the development and implementation of the Strategic Plan regarding infrastructure.  The need for upgrades and/or improvements in the areas of roads, delivery of water, sewer and drainage are of major importance.  I have not only contributed to the Strategic Plan, but also support it in its entirety.

Also, I would like to see the development of a new Recreational Program agreement between Beaver Valley and Trail.  That is so all surrounding areas can benefit from the use of all recreational facilities in the area at reasonable rates. This would strengthen our communities for the recreational programs for all ages.

If I am re-elected for a second term, I would firstly ensure that the Strategic Plan remains at the forefront of councils’ agenda.  I will try to ensure the execution of the Strategic Plan stays on budget and remains on schedule.

As an end result, single families to seniors will ultimately benefit.  This would provide the Village of Montrose a higher quality of life and service to current and future citizens.