You're invited to join us in nominating the Green Party candidate for District 4 Belfast-Murray River.
Two nomination contestants are seeking the District 4 nomination - please see below for more information about them.
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 15, 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:
Matthew Keeping is seeking the nomination for District 4 for the Green Party of PEI. He resides in Orwell, PEI with his wife Samantha.
His formal education consists of a BA in Business Administration and Philosophy and a 1 Year Legal Administrative Specialist program.
Matthew put his training to good use in a number of different areas including leadership positions with local tech companies and non-profits. He’s done research for AVC Centre for Aquatic Health Sciences, worked as a Legal Administrative Assistant in Daniel Tweel’s law office, and for 5 years as Chief Operations Officer for Server Sitters LLC.
Respecting all members of our society is at the forefront for Matthew. His past work with the Native Council of PEI allowed him the opportunity to learn and grow in his commitment to honour and respect all Islanders. Matthew is dedicated to his community and wants to ensure its residents are heard and can participate in collaborative processes in decision-making. He believes that strong communities mean a healthy population and is passionate about addressing issues like poverty, government accountability and improving education. He brings with him a commitment to strengthening communities, improving fiscal responsibilities, community sustainability, innovation and opportunities.
Jim is a 32-year veteran of the military. He grew up on a small blueberry farm in Eastern PEI, and started working at the age of 10 as a summer farm labourer for $0.75/hour - work he continued to do until the age of 19 when he went to work for Northumberland Ferries as a steward during the summer months and in construction during the winter months. At age 21, Jim married his lovely wife Judy and joined the Canadian Armed Forces. In boot camp he won top recruit, graduating first out of 132 students in his platoon. This was to be the first of many awards that he would receive during his 32-year career for his dedication and commitment.
Jim has worked as an Aircraft Technician, Flight Engineer, Auditor, Financial Coordinator and Instructor. As a reservist, he worked as Training Chief, Operations Chief, Regulating Petty Officer, Instructor and Training Coordinator for HMCS Queen Charlotte in Charlottetown.
Jim and Judy have been married for 40 years and have one daughter, Jennifer, and a granddog named Asher Gordon Sanders.
Jim is a believer in life-long learning. He returned from the military to once again work for Northumberland Ferries, working as a steward on the Holiday Island and the MV Confederation. He returned to school and got his Deckhand papers. He was asked to work in the engine room, so once again went back to school to become an Engine Room Assistant. A few years later, he returned to school once again to become a Marine Engineer.
In 2012, Jim left Northumberland Ferries for a position with the Coast Guard. He worked as a 3rd Engineer on the Edward Cornwallis for a short while before becoming a Chief Engineer on the Coast Guard cutters Stanley Dudka, Cape Spry and Cape Nord.
Jim retired when he reached the age of 60. However, after a year and a bit of retirement, he feels he still has a lot to contribute to society, so decided to enter the world of politics with the Green Party to make a difference for his fellow Islanders.
3033 Garfield Rd
Belfast, PE C0A 1A0
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