Council candidate Q&A: Blake Ellis

How long have you been living in Thompson?

21 years.

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What do you do for a living?

I work for the Legion right now as a bartender.

Why do you want to be on city council again?

Because we’ve done a lot of good things in the last four years and I believe that we need to move in the same direction that we’ve been going in.

What is the biggest local issue you want to address if you’re elected?

The main thing that we’re looking at … we’re in a transition, this community. Thompson has worked to diversify its economy and we’re definitely seeing the results of that. You can see the kind of investment even in this year. I think they projected that we’d have $160 million worth of investment this year.

The other thing I’d like to see is inclusiveness. We need to include everyone in the community, right? From our Aboriginal population to our newcomers, the physically challenged, mentally challenged. Everybody. So everyone’s included in the community and in the economy.

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

We’ve done a good job in terms of the last four years. We’re building a wastewater treatment plant, we’ve taken over the water treatment plant, we’ve taken over the landfill site, the urban reserve, there’s several things and we want to continue that momentum.

In the last four years you’ve definitely seen proven leadership and we definitely want to continue that momentum that we’ve developed.

Anything else you want to add?

There’s definitely skill sets I bring to the table. Former editor of the Thompson Citizen, I worked there for 10 years, I worked for the Burntwood Regional Health Authority for almost five years being their communications co-ordinator.

I also worked for the Thompson Neighbourhood Renewal Corporation for two years and I’m now sitting on the Thompson Neighbourhood Renewal Cooperation board. I was a volunteer with the Manitoba Winter Games. I’ve been on the Thompson Community Foundation board, as well as the Thompson Homeless Shelter board.

So I definitely bring that skill set to the council table and I’ve definitely been involved in the community with the 21 years I’ve been here.

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