There are several new councillors on Rocanville town council who hope to make a difference over the next four years.
With a passion for community, Owen Wilson decided to get involved with council to get a better idea of the process of municipal politics and to see where he could help Rocanville get stronger.
“I’ve been involved in community groups and projects here for a little while so I figured I’d put my name in for town council,” said Wilson. “I wanted to continue down the community involvement route. I’ve been a member of the fire department for 11 years now and I’ve also been involved with the senior hockey team for awhile. I’m on the hall board in town and I was part of the group that built and fundraised for the hall—I’m just part of different community projects like that. I’ve never been on council so I’m not sure what to expect. I’m joining up and just want to get my feet wet before I make a real commitment on what direction I want to go.”
Wanting to help add new ideas to Rocanville, Chad Selby decided to run for council.
“I knew that there was lots of people leaving and I knew that they were all older people and I thought that maybe it was time for some younger faces,” said Selby. “I’ve been here for 31 years. I work for the RM of Rocanville so I have a good idea of the area. I’ve always been interested in how decisions are made and things like that. I want to see Rocanville continue to grow. I think it’s going to take some time to figure out how things work, before I can say exactly what my goals are as a councillor.”
As a passionate resident of Rocanville, Tobin Shipp thought running for council would be a smart way to contribute to the community.
“Rocanville is great place to live and proud to make Rocanville my home. I ran for council because I like helping people and believe community service must be done for the right reasons and I view it as a personal commitment to better our community and surrounding area.
“My wife and I moved with our three children to Rocanville five years ago, to be able to live in the same community I work in and have a better family life. I’m an active volunteer in the community, taking part in all of our children’s extra-curricular’s and with school events—from barbecuing the burgers at the welcome back BBQ each year to running stations on the last day of school fun days. I’m on my fourth year as a member of the Rocanville Fire Department, and heading into my third season on the rink board. My hobbies are mostly hunting, camping, fishing, and boating.
“The reason we chose to move to Rocanville was because of the parks, businesses, churches, recreation facilities, child care and educational facilities, museum, wildlife lands, ski trails, and small town charm. My goals as a member of council are to ensure these current opportunities of this town are available for years to come and they thrive.
“Some of my interests on council are supporting actives families and our rec facilities, attracting young families and growing our town, helping support our existing businesses and encouraging more, listening to our long time members of the community and ensuring our town can support all of us as we age. I’m excited to learn what council did in the past and what we can build on together as a team while listening to common interests and ideas from residents.”
Tristan Bell felt running for council would be the best way for him to take on a leadership role in Rocanville and continue to ensure strong community involvement throughout the town.
“I heard there was a couple councillors stepping down and I thought it would be a good opportunity to step up as the next generation to try and serve the community,” said Bell. “I’m going to focus on trying to keep the community involved anyway possible and try to better the community. I want to continue to make this a good place to live for families. I think it will be good to see how the town council works and how everything operates. It’s nice to be a part of helping the town run.”
Having grown up in Rocanville and spent the majority of his adult life working in the town, Paul Bunz wanted to join council to help offer another perspective in the effort to grow the community.
“I decided to let my name stand for one of the positions for councillor for the Town of Rocanville,” said Bunz. “I have been lead past of Hope Congregational Christian Church for the last four years, a position I currently hold. Our family has been here since 1967 and except for a short time in Saskatoon, Rocanville has been my home. I worked as the caretaker at the Rocanville School for 21 years, retiring in 2008.
“I will bring a common sense approach to council. I believe in good fiscal management of the resources as we see the town grow and prosper. I have some ideas of snow removal from our streets, and some improvements to the streets in the trailer court. I believe Rocanville is a prosperous and growing community and I ask for residents support of our team that will lead Rocanville to greater and bigger things.”
Rob Paul, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The World-Spectator