Mayor Percy Farwell
Percy Farwell's municipal involvement includes 16 years as an elected representative in Gander, including 6 years as Deputy Mayor and the past 4 years as Mayor. He is a firm believer in informed, evidence-based decision making and tries to be a strong, well-researched, respectful voice in advocating on behalf of issues affecting his community and region on any stage, at any level.
He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for Central Health in his area and as an executive member of the Board of Directors of the Central Regional Services Board (CRSB), otherwise known as Central Newfoundland Waste Management. In his role as Mayor of one of the larger towns in Central, I am keenly aware of the mutual dependence of our communities, large and small, on each other and the importance of thinking and acting collaboratively.
Before retirement in 2017, Percy’s professional life included over 27 years in the field of regional economic and business development in central NL, including 17 years as Regional Director for Central Region with the Provincial government’s economic development department, where he led a team of staff located in offices in Baie Verte, Springdale, Grand Falls-Windsor, St. Alban’s and Gander, delivering programs and support services to businesses, communities, and stakeholder groups throughout the region. He has also served on the Regional Steering Committee for the Strategic Social Plan and in other regional capacities during his professional life. This experience has given him a working familiarity with the stakeholders, issues, and priorities of all of Central region and an appreciation for their diversity and importance in contributing to a healthy and sustainable region.
In his personal life, Percy has been actively involved in community theatre for over 35 years and currently serves as Treasurer of the NL Drama Society. My family and I have been volunteers at the Gander and Area SPCA for many years, dating back to before our children, currently aged 23 and 20, were born.