This is the first profile of candidates running for Millbrook First Nation band chief in the Feb. 21
Editorâs note: This is the first profile of candidates running for Millbrook First Nation band chief in the Feb. 21 election. There are three other candidates for the position: Jack Paul, James Howe Sr. and Stephen Marshall Sr. The Truro Daily News is aiming to profile all four candidates.
MILLBROOK â Bob Gloade has some things he wants to finish.
Thatâs why the current Millbrook First Nation band chief is re-offering for the position in the upcoming election, set for Feb. 21.
âI want to continue working with the council to develop the Truro Power Centre, to bring and establish new businesses to the location, and to create job opportunities,â said Gloade, 45, a married father of two boys. âEmployment is always a focus for the band.â
Gloade was elected as chief two years ago after defeating longtime leader Lawrence Paul. Having served as a councillor for 12 years prior, Gloade claimed the spot by a vote count of 433 to 266. The band also includes reserve land in Beaver Dam, Sheet Harbour and Cole Harbour.
âI want to continue to be the voice and advocate of the community going forward.â
During the past two years, Gloade said the council has been working on a number of things that havenât been completed and heâd like to be there to make sure that happens.
âWeâve been working on policies and procedures in the administration office â making changes to practices, policies and bylaws. Weâre also in the process of revising outdated policies,â he said.
Of the major infrastructure projects Gloade was a part of starting, he wants to be around to see the conclusion of the two wind turbines, with construction slated to begin this summer, as well as a new hotel and convention centre for the Power Centre.
âAnd there are others we currently have to maintain, improve and enhance,â he added.
One of the most important issues lacking in the community, said Gloade, surrounds language and culture.
âPreservation of our language and culture is critical of our identity. Every grade level should be focused on it,â he said, adding more emphasis needs to be placed on promoting the First Nation language.
He has been working at getting all grade levels to introduce more cultural and historical issues inside the classroom and hopes that it will be available to all by next year.
âLanguage will always be a strong component of our culture and main ingredient in our heritage. We must continue to support all initiatives in the preservation of our language.â
Gloade has his re-election information, including background and platform, available at www.bobgloade.ca.
ABOUT BOB GLOADE:
Married: Since 1991 to Kelly; the couple has two boys
Owns and operates: G&G Home Heating for the past 16 years
Council experience: 12 years as a councillor, the past two years as chief