Chief Sidney Peters and the council of Glooscap First Nation (GFN) are making community economic development a key priority during their term.
In April 2014, the band will form a new, independently-run corporation that will have the singular purpose of improving the economy and sustainability of GFN, a 340-person community located just outside Hantsport.
“I campaigned on the promise of greater transparency and more efforts being invested in economic development,” Peters said. “But this isn’t just about keeping that promise, it’s about a long-term vision of elevating Glooscap to be a prosperous, spirited community where all of our members have the opportunity to thrive. This is the start of a new era.”
The mandate of this new entity is to manage and expand the current economic development base of Glooscap. It will also be focused on building partnerships with neighbouring municipalities, businesses and organizations in order to benefit the entire region and to create a sustainable change in the Glooscap community.
In preparation for the launch, the Glooscap First Nation Economic Development Corporation have hired three staff members and appointed a board of directors.
Board of directors
· Chief Sidney Peters – Glooscap First Nation
· Larry Peters – Glooscap First Nation
· Don Bureaux – president, Nova Scotia Community College
· Richard Fuchs - Information and Communication Technologies, Canada’s International Development Research Centre
· Louis Coutinho – chief administration officer, Town of Windsor
· Jeffrey Barrett – chartered investment manager, Desjardins Financial Security Inc.
· Michael Peters – NSCC international business student
· Rob Frost - chief administration officer, Town of Hantsport
Management and staff
· Jason Peters – chief executive officer
· Claude O’Hara – executive director (former executive director, Hants Regional Development Authority)
· Liz Morine – senior director, economic development (former executive director, Annapolis Digby Economic Development Agency)
Over the coming months, directors and staff will be working closely to establish and launch the corporation. To date, GFN community members, chief and council, the board of directors, nearby businesses, industry associations and all three levels of government have been engaged in the process in order to ensure the new corporation respects the interests and values of all Glooscap First Nation and partners.