Gord and his wife, Sharon, live in Fort St. John, British Columbia, a small city located in the northeast corner of the Province, in a region blessed by an abundance of natural resources.
Gord is currently in his 3rd term on City Council, is Past President of the North Central (BC) Local Government Association, and also serves on the Boards of the Union of BC Municipalities and the Municipal Insurance Association of BC.
Gord has represented BC on the FCM Board for the past 2 years, serving on several Committees including Conference Planning (Vice-Chair), International Relations, Municipal Finance & Intergovernmental Arrangements, Rural Forum, and the Northern & Remote Forum.
“My involvement on the FCM Board has confirmed 3 things to me . . .
1. The Value of this Organization
I have personally witnessed the hard work of our FCM Board and Staff on behalf of our members. I know the respect and trust this organization has earned, and I appreciate the productive relationships we have built with government leaders here in our nation and around the world. I am excited to be part of FCM’s continued advocacy on behalf of our members, as well as the ongoing efforts to provide tools and resources that support local government!
2. The Value of a Diverse and Inclusive Representation
I am pleased that FCM invites and encourages representation on the Board by men and women from across our nation – Provinces, Territories, big cities, small rural communities, northern and remote regions. As we often hear, a core belief and message of FCM is that "we provide local solutions to national challenges". That local knowledge and experience comes from a Board table that includes those unique and diverse perspectives. I am Committed to adding to FCM Board discussions the perspective of a northern and rural region of our province.
3. The Value of Working Together
FCM provides a strong voice for local governments across Canada, as we join our efforts and work together. Within an organization like FCM, there can be a divergence of opinion and points of view. These differences have the potential to create barriers, or they can be viewed as complementing each other, making us stronger, broadening our perspective and understanding. I am convinced that we all benefit when we focus on solutions rather than the obstacles. I truly believe that we are better together, stronger together. My desire and goal is to add my voice and engage in the work of FCM to help strengthen local governments and make our communities better.
It has been a privilege to represent British Columbia on the FCM Board for the past two years, and I would be honoured to receive your support again this year.”