Council candidate Q&A: Malanie Cutler

How long have you been living in Thompson?

Lived in Thompson my whole life. I lived in Leaf Rapids from 1998 to 2002. I lived in Ottawa for a short period of time to attend school. But Thompson is my home.

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What do you do for a living?

I’m president of the Thompson Kin Club.

Why do you want to be  on city council?

I have a vested interest in council. I believe that if you want changes you have to speak up. Everybody has different ideas, different opinions. Coffee shop talk is fine, but if you want your voice heard, you have to be part of the change.

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

Getting people to invest in our community, both in business and community pride. It takes everything to build Thompson. It doesn’t just take one avenue. That’s why it’s so important to have different people on council with different views and different ideas. You need a council that is going to work together, not fall apart.

Why should someone vote for you over the other candidates?

I want to bring back community-based programs. I understand with the economical changes … I worked in Leaf Rapids when the mines closed.

I know what it was like to have a fear of losing your only income in the community. In Leaf Rapids, as an employee there, I helped people find jobs, write resumes, set up job interviews, I helped set up different economical planning to help the community grow.

I feel that a person should for someone who wants to empower change in Thompson. Voting for me would be more community-orientated. Yes, I do have a business background, but it would be more community-oriented.

Anything else you want to add?

I don’t have all the answers, but I have a million ideas.

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