I’ve never been one to jump into the middle of the political fray. Most people know me from my 34-plus years in banking in St. John’s or through my community involvement like Rotary or Special Olympics.
Political activity, for me at least, was something to be left to those with stronger stomachs. It can be a tough and unforgiving game. However, as others of my generation will tell you, as your children get older and grandchildren come along, you don’t think less about the future, you think about it more.
Over the past few years I’ve grown increasingly concerned about the direction of our province.
We’ve seen tremendous growth, yet many in our city continue to struggle. We are richer than ever before, yet our budgets are in deficit. At a time when people are crying out for leadership, few are prepared to offer themselves. It’s a sad state when individuals have to be persuaded, given assurances or otherwise dragged to the podium to discuss issues, put forward ideas and develop solutions.
That is why I have decided to become more involved and why I am supporting Cathy Bennett in the byelection in Virginia Waters.
Simply put, she has reversed the trend; a natural leader with a desire to help people and the drive to make things happen. The passion she has demonstrated since first announcing her intention to run in Virginia Waters last fall has been
a refreshing change from the depressing lineup of “will I or won’t I” candidates in our province — “she will” and has stepped up of her own accord to offer the people of Virginia Waters a creditable choice.
I’ve dealt with a lot of business people over the years, and Cathy is among the very best.
People talk a lot about an entrepreneurial spirit, but true entrepreneurs are rare. Building a business is one thing but doing it in a
way that combines leadership and vision with an ability to inspire others to share and contribute to that vision — that’s entrepreneurship and that’s Cathy Bennett.
It’s this type of leadership we need in the province and in Virginia Waters. Cathy has shown through her countless community initiatives that she is prepared to do the hard work.
Behind every decision, every initiative and every project, Cathy knows there are people who count on her — and she will move mountains not to let them down.
More than anything, this byelection should mark the beginning of the end of the politics of opportunity and convenience.
It’s time to look at those who would represent us and decide if they have a vision for the province and are prepared to work hard to achieve it. Cathy Bennett does and that makes her the right choice for Virginia Waters.