Craig Speirs

Proud to run for MAYOR of Maple Ridge

 

 

 

On October 20 ...elect SPEIRS as your MAYOR!

 

 

My Experience and Background

• Born in New Westminster, moved to Maple Ridge in 1973
• Graduated from New Westminster Secondary

• 1970-73 Forming machine operator at Dominion Glass Burnaby
• 1973-2007 Liquor Distribution Branch-retired
• Top level product knowledge course, organized many wine tastings
• Fork and Stem Consulting – wine consultant, cooking and wine classes

I was born and raised in New Westminster and then moved with my family to Maple Ridge in 1973. We quickly became part of the community and that fall I started at the Liquor Store where I worked for 34 years. I am constantly reminded of the quality of life a person can enjoy when you can live, work, play and raise a family within this community. I am always looking for opportunities to create local employment so others can enjoy that synergy.

My wife Diane and I have raised two children in this community, Rory 32 and Adlayna 28 who both live and work here. Diane is a wonderful artist involved with the arts community as President of the Garibaldi Arts Club and both of us have been part of the Arts Studio Tour. I believe that the arts reflect the health of a community and in my opinion this community is very healthy.

I have many passions including, photography, art, music, local food, wine knowledge and am an avid gardener. I am also very proud to have lent my time and passion to a number of volunteer positions including:
5 years as chair of the Maple Ridge committee for B.C.’s Children’s Hospital. Our signature event was the Teddy Bear Tea and Clinic

6 years as a director of the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society
4 years on the board of directors for the C.E.E.D. center as vice-chair
13 years as a member of Compassionate Friends a self-help group for bereaved parents, the last 6 as leader.
3 years on the Community Heritage Commission, 2 as chair.
3 years on the Haney Farmers Market as vice-chair
2 years on MR Agricultural Committee as HFM liaison
I’ve learned that a group of citizens working together for a common cause can create an incredibly positive effect. If the arts reflect the health of a community volunteerism reflects the heart and in my experience this community has a very large healthy heart.

Political:
• Volunteer in every municipal, Provincial and Federal election for past 30 years
• Mayoral candidate 1996
• Council candidate 1999 – elected – 4 consecutive terms
• Federal candidate 2011 – unsuccessful
• Organizer for the Sensible BC campaign
• Elected 2014 – 5th term

Council liaison duties, 2018:
MR Heritage Commission
MR Agricultural Committee
UBC Malcom Knapp Research Forest
Municipal Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Inclusiveness (Joint committee with Pitt Meadows)
Alternate with a variety of other committees of Council

Other positions currently held:
Committee member with the Metro Utilities Committee
Director with the Pitt Meadows Airport Society
Director with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities a national organization that influences federal municipal policy.

  • Housing

  • Homelessness

  • Growth

  • Transparency

  • Garbage

  • Emerging issues

  • Cannabis

  • Transportation

  • Economic Development

  • History, Arts and Culture

  • Climate change

  • CRAIG'S BIO

 


Authorized by Craig Speirs 236-992-2569 © 2018 | Email: Craig@CraigSpeirs.com