Councillor Tina Neary, Portugal Cove-St. Philips

Good Day!

My name is Tina Neary and I am a Councillor with the Town of Portugal Cove-St Philips. I have had the opportunity to meet many of you over these last few years at MNL AGM’s, Symposiums, UMC meetings and FCM conferences.

We have become accustomed to change over the last couple of years due to Covid-19, which has taught my family that nothing should ever be taken for granted – access to a doctor, food security, quality education and other in-person resources. Covid-19 has forced us all to make temporary and permanent changes within our lives.

One thing that has not changed for my family is the importance of taking care of our mental health and wellness. I made a very big change in my personal life – my career. After 30+ years as a mental health advocate for young people, I continue to advocate for mental health and wellness; however, now with a focus on seniors.

I am confident that as Avalon Director, I will continue to support the Avalon communities through all of these issues with support from an awesome team at MNL, while ensuring that everyone has a voice at the table. It is pertinent that the Avalon Director position continues to be filled by someone who is energetic and a regional-minded individual focused on engagement and collaboration, especially as we venture beyond the overpass.

A few of the things I have been engaged with during my term as Avalon Director:

MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE

This task force has been a tremendous success with monthly webinars, active community engagement and has started to significantly enhance the community capacity of mental health issues in many jurisdictions. As Chair of this task force, I have assisted in the launch of an amazing partnership between MNL and Gary Summers, professional wellness speaker, that allows all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador to access over 100 mental health resources.

REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TASK FORCE

As a member of this task force, with collaboration between MNL and CBDC, we investigated the best ways to engage communities and stakeholders through a regional process here in NL.  It was a great learning experience!

JOINT COUNCIL

Over the last one-and-a-half years I have enjoyed attending weekly Joint Council Meetings, engaging in the collaborative nature between Council and community members while addressing challenges and solutions along the Southern Shore, Conception Bay North and the Northeast Avalon. During this time, I have built relationships with a variety of community leaders, industry partners and regional resources. It is my hope and desire to continue to work closely with all communities on the beautiful Avalon Peninsula.

WOMENS CAUCUS

Once again I am surrounded by strong and passionate community leaders who have a common goal to advocate for change and growth. During my time as chair of the Women’s Caucus, we have held numerous meetings and informative sessions that allow women in the municipal sector to share their experiences and offer advice and support to one another.

Please consider all that is required in your community, and then please consider RE-ELECTING me for this position. I will support all efforts to get the job done.

Please contact me at 709-763-5694 or tina.neary@pcsp.ca so that we may further
discuss the needs of your community.