Lumby has a choice Nov. 19.
Along with three candidates seeking the mayor’s chair (incumbent Kevin Acton is challenged by Jim McEwan and current councillor Janet Green), there are eight seeking a seat on council.
Murray August, Jo Anne Fisher, Judy Gibbs, James Harvey, Nick Hodge, incumbent Lori Mindnich, Randal Ostafichuk and Elinor Turrill are all eager to fill one of the four councillor positions.
August, who some may recognize through his role as president of the Lumby Public Market or the village’s economic development committee, is ready to represent his community.
“I am committed to ensuring that the people of Lumby are well represented, and to that end I believe that I can bring a balanced and pragmatic perspective and an open mind to the role of councillor,” said the 67-year-old, semi-retired father.
The former Regina resident served as chair of his church’s social justice committee for eight years and has worked on a number of constituency committees in several different provinces.
Having lived in Lumby for 34 years, Fisher has a long history of community involvement (most notably as a former member of the Lumby and District Historical Society).
Fisher is eager to see the community move past the prison issue and mend the rift.
“I feel we’ve missed other issues that should have come or could have come here,” said Fisher, who is personally against the prison, but adds that it is out of the community’s hands now.
The divide between the village and Area D is of particular concern for Fisher.
“The businesses in Lumby simply could not operate without Area D owners,” she said, suggesting the neighbours be more inclusive with each other.
If elected, Fisher aims to use Lumby’s Official Community Plan more widely, which was formed from resident’s input.
“It’s our map for our future and I’d like to see more referral to that,” she said, adding that changes can be made, and a review might even be necessary. “Rather than things just dropping from the sky.”
Having raised her son in Lumby, Fisher is also keen to uphold and preserve one of the area’s strongest assets – being a family-friendly community.
For Gibbs, establishing a continuum of care for the aging population is a key issue.
“My passion is seniors, and although the 46 residential care beds will be a boost to our economy, with the addition of assisted living we would truly have a campus of care,” said the 58-year-old widow and mother who works part-time as a baker at the local grocery store.
Gibbs recently retired from 20 years as a director on the Lumby and District Senior Citizens Housing Society, of which the last 11 she was chairperson.
She has also been involved with the Royal Canadian Legion in various capacities.
“I am running for office because I believe that I possess the qualities that you need for this kind of job – listening to people, finding answers, research, forthright and ambitious.”
Ostafichuk, a 10-year Lumby resident, Tutor-Tech employee and daddy-to-be, is putting his name forward in hopes of making a difference.
“Being actively involved is the only way to ensure Lumby’s success,” said Ostafichuk, who believes his abilities and determination will benefit the community.
Firmly rooted in his community, Ostafichuk has a personal interest in all village matters, whether financial, educational, social or environmental.
“My future, and my family’s future depends on Lumby.”
With the division caused over the prison issue, he feels too much time has been spent on conflict and hopes it does not continue to dominate the election.
“Regardless of what happens with the prison, we still need to take care of the issues of education, sanitation, employment, tourism, and attracting new business and industry to name a few,” said Ostafichuk, who is also a proponent of shopping local and boosting the area through such initiatives as pursuing the road to Silver Star.