Councillor Trina Appleby, Torbay
2021 MNL Board of Directors candidate for the position of vice-president
Councillor Trina Appleby grew up in Burin and has been around municipal politics all of her life.
Appleby was elected as Deputy Mayor of Torbay in 2017 and re-elected as Councillor in 2021. She was elected to the Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador board as Avalon Director in 2018 and served in that position until 2021 when she was acclaimed as the MNL Vice-President.
Appleby is a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) board member. She is the Chair of the national FCM Standing Committee on Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government. She serves on the following FCM national committees: Rural Forum, Anti-Racism and Equity, International Relations, Municipal Finance and Intergovernmental Arrangements, Atlantic Regional Caucus, Committee of the Whole and attends and participates in meetings for Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs.
Appleby is a proud parent and volunteer with a strong background in strategic planning and economic development. She has worked with local and international businesses, the community sector, and with all three levels of government. She also has experience in business start-ups, information technology, research, oil and gas, agrifoods, trade and export.
Appleby has served 10 years with the Rural Secretariat and two-years on the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industry Association (NOIA) Board of Directors. For the past four years Appleby served as Vice-Chair and Chair of the Jack Byrne Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre and six years as Chair of the North East United Soccer Club in Torbay.
Dear Mayor and Council:
My name is Trina Appleby and I am writing to respectfully ask for your support in the upcoming election for the position of Vice President with the Board of Directors of MNL.
I know I may be new to some of the first-term elected members of council, but many of you will know that municipal politics is not new to me.
I am the Vice President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL). I have served two years as your MNL Avalon Director, the past four years as the Deputy Mayor of Torbay and in 2020, I became a board member with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
In 2020, I was asked by the FCM President to Co-Chair the national FCM Standing Committee on Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government. In 2021, I was asked to Chair this national FCM Standing Committee. I also serve on the following FCM national committees: Rural Forum, Anti Racism and Equity, International Relations, Municipal Finance and Intergovernmental Arrangements, Atlantic Regional Caucus, Committee of the Whole and attend and participate in meetings for Committee Chairs and Vice-Chairs.
My professional background is extensive and includes working with local and international businesses, the community sector, and with all three levels of government. I have experience in regional economic development, information technology, research, oil and gas, agrifoods, trade and export.
I have extensive volunteer experience. I was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association (NOIA) from 2007 – 2009 and chaired the Northeast United Soccer Club from 2016 – 2021. I understand regional cooperation and spent ten years from 2005 – 2015 on the Burin Peninsula Rural Secretariat regional council to support community cooperation. I have also attended several meetings with the Southern Shore, Conception Bay North and Northeast Avalon Joint Councils. During the past four years I have served as Vice–Chair and then Chair of the Jack Byrne Regional Sports and Entertainment Centre which is co-owned by four communities. I also serve on the Cabot Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) and as a Community School Council Representative for Juniper Ridge Intermediate.
I believe that community cooperation has to happen in a way that benefits all communities and that we need to have a voice in how we work together and autonomously. I am and will continue to be a strong representative for MNL members as we plan for the future. I will listen. I will take action. I will work with you to resolve concerns. I will ensure that your municipality’s ideas and views are represented at MNL.
As municipal leaders we share many similar challenges and opportunities, and I understand that they vary across communities and regions. Some of the priority issues that I want to address include aging infrastructure, recovery from the pandemic, economic development, and the ability to provide services in the face of demographic change and fiscal restraint.
I look forward to the opportunity to represent you and your community. I humbly ask for your support and vote. Please feel free to reach out to me at any time, my cell number is 277-0993 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.