You're invited to join us in nominating the Green Party candidates for District 18 Rustico-Emerald and District 20 Kensington-Malpeque.
All are welcome (you do not need to be a member to join us).
All members province-wide are eligible to vote in this nomination contest. You may vote in person at the nomination meeting, or if you are unable to attend in person you may request an online ballot by March 24th, 2019, or appoint another member in good standing to act as your proxy and vote on your behalf at the meeting (please notify us by writing to [email protected] if you choose to appoint a proxy).
The following nomination contestants have come forward and been found to be qualified to seek the nomination to run as Green Party candidates by Provincial Council:
Colin Jeffrey - District 18 Rustico-Emerald
Colin Jeffrey is seeking the nomination for District 18 for the Green Party of PEI.
Colin Jeffrey’s passion for sustainable and healthy communities is complimented by his diverse studies and work experience. At the age of nine, Colin began to learn the violin/fiddle along with his twin brother Tristan and as teenagers on PEI in the 1990s the two of them frequently played at ceilidhs and other events where they were known as “the fiddling twins”. Colin continued his music studies at university and completed a Bachelor of Music degree at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2002 before pursuing classical music studies in Austria for two years at the Johann Fux Music Conservatory in Graz where he studied in German. Colin also spent a year working in Edinburgh, Scotland and time spent in Europe broadened his horizons and introduced him to new cultures and methods for meeting the goals of society.
After returning to Canada in 2007, Colin moved to Halifax Nova Scotia where he taught violin and fiddle lessons, helped create a folk music trio and enjoyed discovering the rugged beauty of Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast. Having had a strong interest in environmental issues since he was a child, Colin decided to shift to a career in the environmental field and after diverse volunteer experience Colin became the first music major to be accepted into Dalhousie University’s Master of Resource and Environmental Management program in 2010. After graduation Colin returned to PEI where he found work with the Brackley-Covehead and Wheatley River watershed improvement groups before becoming Director in 2014 of the Trout River Environmental Committee (TREC) based in Stanley Bridge. As Director of TREC, Colin has enjoyed the opportunity to engage with residents across its management area in learning about the local environment and finding innovative ways to be more sustainable. There are many challenges to managing a small non-profit organization and doing so has honed Colin’s skills in project management, fundraising and community outreach.
Colin is also an enthusiastic sailor, cyclist and cross-country skier who hopes to create more opportunities for District 18 residents to enjoy our beautiful landscape through active recreation.
Matthew J MacKay - District 20 Kensington-Malpeque
Matthew MacKay grew up in Stanley Bridge on a small family farm and tourism business and understands the importance of agriculture and tourism to the Island economy. He attended the one-room schoolhouse in the community in Stanley Bridge for eight grades, before attending High School in Kensington. Matthew earned an MA in Communications from the Ohio State University in 1978.
After graduating, Matthew returned to PEI and married his lifelong friend Ann (Elsinga). They have known each other for fifty-four years and have been married for thirty-nine years. Due to lack of opportunity, they relocated to Fredericton, New Brunswick where Matthew was employed with the Energy Secretariat. Wanting to return to PEI to raise their two boys, Ann and Matthew took a leap of faith and moved back to Stanley Bridge. While building a graphic design business, Matthew worked at a number of odd jobs, from house painting to the all-night DJ at CHTN. Ann and Matthew moved to Charlottetown after the boys left PEI to find work, and he finished his professional career working as graphic designer at UPEI.
On retirement, Ann and Matthew moved to Seaview where they spent most of their free time over the years and are building a small energy efficient house in a community they have long been a part of.
Matthew continues to run a modest business designing books. One of his pleasures is designing posters for rock concerts in Montreal.
Matthew has always been engaged in his local church, working through the church to benefit his local community. Both Ann and Matthew are active members of St John's Presbyterian Church, where Ann sings in the choir and Matthew teaches adult Sunday School. (The congregation would agree that Ann sings better than Matthew teaches.)
His hobbies involve the outdoors. An avid runner and six-time marathoner, he is often called on by running clubs to speak with training groups. (His lecture on women's safety is always in demand.) Injuries have resulted in dabbling in cycling, and Matthew hopes to someday be as happy on a bike as he was running.
Matthew believes we need to work so future generations can flourish on a healthy PEI with livable wages and a self-sustaining community-based lifestyle.
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