I learned how to run a business from my mother.
My dad passed away when I was 14. My mom had two boys to raise and no income to speak of. So she got to work. She went out and got her driver’s license and started driving kids back and forth to school. That didn’t pay all the bills though, so she also operated a small french fry trailer that everyone affectionately called ‘Mrs. Weeks’s Chip Stand’. It was a small, modest business. But it was ours. I spent more hours than I can remember in that trailer, peeling potatoes with my brother and our friends. Countless hours serving customers.
That hot, cramped food truck was where I learned about the value of a hard day’s work. About doing business with integrity. About persistence. The fact that no matter what, you never give up.
The journey from that chip stand to today has been an interesting and memorable ride. As with any business, there were good days. There were bad days. And there were days when, looking back, it might have been more logical to throw in the towel. But even on those days, I did what I learned from my mother. Keep going.
That’s how many times I’ve turned the key in the lock and opened for another day of business in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.
Lessons learned over that time? Plenty. One of the biggest: if you’re not very careful with your money, you won’t be in business very long.
Now, 46 years after opening my store on King Street, I still feel fortunate to call myself a Sault Ste. Marie business owner.
When it comes to choosing the next councillor for Ward 2, a strong work ethic, real-life leadership experience and fiscal responsibility are three traits that person should bring to the table.
I’m a proud Ward 2 resident and have been for more than 45 years. I have the time to commit to doing the job properly, particularly since the passing of my late wife Judy in 2012.
I love this city. I am eager to contribute. I’m well-versed on the issues. I will go to the meetings prepared. I will ask the tough questions.
Thank you to each of you who have opened your doors to me for conversations throughout the campaign. No matter the outcome, this past month and a half has been a memorable and enjoyable time.
Ultimately, it is you, the voters, who have the final say. And as we approach election day, I respectfully ask for your vote.
Thank you for your consideration.