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Your  Team.

Fundy Rural District Information is your source for community representation and advocacy. We are dedicated to providing our community members with the most up-to-date information on what is happening in this  district. Through our website, you can get connected to the people, places, and events that are important to our rural district.

We are committed to being your voice, and are passionate about advocating for the needs and interests of our community. Get involved today and join us in making a positive impact on our region.

My Story

My name is Ray Riddell and I am a resident of Woodmans Point, NB

  • On Monday, November 28th,   I was acclaimed for a  position of council member for the Fundy Rural District Advisory Committee in Ward 3 (the former LSD of Westfield West and East)

  • Major challenges lie ahead in this region and we need a strong voice to represent the residents of the new Fundy Rural District

Why did I step forward?

  • I believe your interests and concerns need to be heard

  • I believe I have the background and experience to represent  our community effectively

  • I have been advocating for our rural lifestyle throughout the amalgamation process

  • I believe in transparency, accountability and in getting timely information to you on the impact of these significant changes 

What is my background?

  • I am a veteran with 16 years of service as a Navy pilot.

  • I spent decades running a business dealing with legislation and regulations

Previous Positions:

  • President of Westfield & District Recreation Association Inc.

  • President of Saint John Naturalists Club Inc.

  • Member of Grand Bay-Westfield Heritage and Tourism committees

  • Director of River Valley Community Centre Inc.( chair of  governance committee)

  • Member of the Wildlife Trust Fund Council

  • Member of committee dealing with recycling and curbside pickup

I currently serve as:

  • Elected director of Fundy Regional Service Commission

  • Vice President of River Valley coins

  • Founder and administrator of local Facebook sites dealing with important local information

  • Assistant coach of HVHS soccer teams

Why do we need a strong voice?

  • The reformed Fundy Regional Service Commission came  into effect on January 1, 2023.

  • Our representation on the Commission will be reduced from 4 rural representatives to 1.

  • New mandates (along with our existing responsibilities) are being offloaded  onto the new commission at significant additional  cost to our rural district

These additional services include:

  • Land use planning (by laws and zoning)

  • Tourism promotion

  • Economic development

  • Homelessness

  • Regional  policing and fire protection and

  • Regional transportation

  • Costs of all these additional services will be shared by communities in the region based on the size of the tax base

I worked  hard at the regional service commission to reduce the impact on homeowners. I have now been elected to sit with 6 mayors on the new Commission to speak for the community and pass on important news to you. The future presents some real challenges. The minister has dictated a very costly  budget for our region to cover the expense of existing and newly mandated regional services despite opposition from me and other RSC members.  Funding for this new budget will ultimately drive up property tax in the region. Together with a hefty increase in property assessments, the next few years will be a challenge for all and critical for those on fixed incomes.

Rob Jeffrey

My name is Rob Jeffrey and I have been a resident of Mispec, NB for more than 17 years. I was appointed into my position as a Fundy Rural District Councilor early in 2023, from the former LSD of Simonds. In our neck of the woods we have seen Mispec Beach, Mispec Trail, and the baseball field fall into disrepair over the last few decades. We need a strong voice speaking to Fredericton if we are ever going to get our services back to where they need to be.

I have stepped into this role to provide the voice we need in our area. Unfortunately, we have seen diminishing political power of people living in rural areas. This trend continues unabated and is worsening as our province seeks to pass on urban development costs to the rural areas, causing our property taxes to skyrocket with absolutely no increase in spending or maintenance in our rural area.

I am a middle school teacher in East Saint John, and a life-long resident of Southern New Brunswick. I have worked for political parties at the federal and provincial level, across the political spectrum. I am a homeowner in the area and am committed to seeing the government infrastructure repaired and maintained in Mispec and the rest of the Fundy Region. I am currently serving as the Fundy Rural District Advisory Councilor for the Ward of Mispec, and on the Transportation Committee. I also serve on the Middle Level Council for the Southern New Brunswick School District. I also coach debate and long-distance running at my school.

The next few years will be critical in our area. For decades large NB municipalities have tried to offload the cost of their entertainment complexes onto the villages and smaller municipalities. The current government plans on offloading these costs onto the rural areas, since we have less of a voice in government and represent a smaller voting base. This means our property taxes in rural areas will increase and continue to increase for several years to come. I want to be both a strong voice for residents. This will mean both advocating for you and ensuring that our population is well informed of the many changes happening to our property taxes and governance structures.

Gina Sweet

 

My name is Gina Sweet.  Living on the Kingston Peninsula, specifically Clifton Royal, for the past five years has been a true gift to my and my husband's lives.  This unique community has embraced us as its own and we are grateful and humbled to be part of it.

 

In February, 2023, I was appointed for a position of council member for Fundy Rural District Advisory Committee for Ward 2.

My intent for my involvement is to be a strong voice for our communities on the peninsula. I believe in advocating for our rural lifestyle and protecting that which may be negatively impacted by the amalgamation process and gaining awareness for the positives.  We have much to celebrate and much to protect here, on the peninsula, and we can work together to ensure that our voices are heard.

 

To echo Ray Riddell's words:

      

Why do we need a strong voice?

  • The reformed Fundy Regional Service Commission came  into effect on January 1, 2023

  • Our representation on the Commission was reduced from 4 rural representatives to 1.

  • New mandates (along with our existing responsibilities) are being offloaded onto the new commission at significant additional cost to our rural district

These additional services include:

  • Land use planning (by laws and zoning)

  • Tourism promotion

  • Economic development

  • Homelessness

  • Regional policing and fire protection and

  • Regional transportation

  • Costs of all these additional services will be shared by communities in the region based on the size of the tax base

 

 

Involvement in the community and celebrating everything that the peninsula has to offer is a priority for us. Currently a vendor at the Kingston Farmer's Market (Skinny Dog Studios), founder of the Writer's of The Kingston Peninsula (we meet either in person or virtually twice a month) supporting Kingston Peninsula Heritage are a few of the areas that we are involved in. We also started the Kingston Peninsula Plein Air Artists group.  This group will be back up and running this year.  New Members are always welcomed to the groups that we host. Find us on facebook.

 

Weekdays find me working from home for Homewood Health Inc, a company devoted to improving Mental Health and Addiction Treatment across Canada. This allows me to support New Brunswick's need for talented Therapists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists among other roles. My role includes staffing and recruitment as well as developing and delivering our Practicum Placement Program for MSW students. Evenings and weekends are spent being creative, writing, hiking and canoeing or involvement within the community.

 

My employment history includes:

A combined 12 years with The Heart and Stroke Foundation (of Canada) and The Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick. My roles included, beginning with the most recent, Operations & Campaign Manager, Area Coordinator, and Branch Manager.  Prior to my career with Heart and Stroke I spent five years as a professional recruiter and branch manager in the staffing industry.

 

My volunteer work includes the groups that we've started on the peninsula, as well as, Heart and Stroke events and fundraising, Kids Help Phone, Food Bank of Waterloo Region Golf Tournament and Fundraiser, KW- Triathlon Run Director, CODRP Developmental Riding Program, Landen's All Inclusive Birthday Celebration (Large Scale Autism Awareness Event - Co-Creator), Co-President, Brantford Writers' Circle, Rider's Assistant (CARD), Big Sisters.

 

"The future presents some real challenges. The minister has dictated a very costly  budget for our region to cover the expense of existing and newly mandated regional services despite opposition from me and other RSC members.  Funding for this new budget will ultimately drive up property tax in the region. Together with a hefty increase in property assessments, the next few years will be a challenge for all and critical for those on fixed incomes."  Ray Ridell, Chair of the Fundy Rural District Advisory Committee

 

Together, with my fellow Advisory Councillors, we will work together, with you, to make a positive difference!

Bruce Dryer

Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Bruce Now proudly calls rural New Brunswick home. He lives with his partner and young son in Lower Greenwich, NB, and is in the early stages of developing a small-scale family farm. He enjoys hiking and fishing throughout Kings Centre , enjoying the natural beauty our region has to offer.
 

Bruce’s constant curiosity and passion for the environment led him to graduate with a Science degree from UNB, with a General Biology Major, concentrating in marine and environmental biology.
 

Bruce has been actively involved in politics most of his adult life; volunteering in past elections and running as a candidate for the Green Party in the 2018 and 2020 provincial elections.
After the 2018 election, Bruce kept busy. In November 2018, he joined the Greenwich Recreation Association as Vice President (River Road Hub- Brown’s Flat). A month later, Bruce was elected to the Greenwich Local Service district as a committee member, and in May 2020 was elected Chair of the Greenwich LSD.
In January 2019, Bruce joined the board of Stop Spraying New Brunswick Inc. as Secretary/Treasurer. He is also the Public Landing Wharf Steward.
 

From Bruce’s experience you can see his dedication to important issues we as New Brunswickers deal with everyday. By working with the amazing volunteers at the GRA Bruce realizes the importance of developing and maintaining community recreational infrastructure. In many cases these facilities are the glue which holds the community together.
His work with SSNB involved many back and forth meetings with the Minister of Environment and Minister of Energy and Resource Development discussing the use of glyphosate in our forest industry.
Bruce brings a youthful vibrancy , and strong passion for fairness into the political conversation. He understands that when it comes to government, there is a better way of doing things and looks forward to working for his constituents in his new role as Ward Councillor for Fundy Rural District.

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