On Tuesday, December 1, longtime Sault Ste. Marie business owner and community advocate Les Weeks filed his nomination forms for the 2016 Ward 2 by-election.
“This unique opportunity to serve my community is something I am very passionate about,” said Weeks after submitting his nomination papers at the city clerk’s office. “Like many other hard-working individuals who have raised a family in the Sault, I understand the value of a dollar and I recognize the importance of a municipal government that works for its citizens.”
In addition to operating a downtown small business for the past 45 years, Weeks has a long history of active involvement with numerous organizations in the community, representing sports and health, tourism, business and more.
The following are a few examples of his community involvement activities spanning more than three decades:
Serving on the Board of Directors of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce for five years, including as President in 1986-1987,
Serving on the Board of Directors of the Northeastern Ontario Chamber of Commerce in the 1980s, including a term as President,
Serving on the Board of Directors of the Sault Ste. Marie Business Development Centre from 1987 to 1995, including a term as Chair,
Serving as a federally-appointed Review Tribunal Member on the Canada Pension Review Tribunals from 2005 to 2011,
Serving on the Board of Directors of the Sault Ste. Marie Gymnastics Club,
Presently serving on the Board of the Sault Ste. Marie Museum since 2007, including as President from 2011 to 2015.
“As a council member, you are one voice,” said Weeks. “Anyone who knows me, however, knows that I will be doggedly persistent in representing the interests of the residents of Ward 2. I look forward to the opportunity to serve this community as councillor for Ward 2.”
Weeks, who has lived in Ward 2 for more than 45 years, has been an active local organizer on the federal political scene for several decades.
And he stays active by playing old timer’s hockey several nights a week.
Together with his wife Judy, who passed away in 2012, Weeks raised four children: Warren (who operates a communications business in Toronto), Tannis (who does marketing for the Kidney Foundation in Sault Ste. Marie), Erin (who is an RPN at the Group Health Centre) and Carly (who is a reporter for The Globe and Mail in Toronto).