Cameron to run for City Council in University Ward
Longtime community backer Shaun Cameron announced Wednesday that he will be seeking a seat at the Council table this fall.
Speaking to a crowd gathered in Coronation Park, he laid out his vision for the city and the ward he hopes to represent. “I’m happy to be able to be here today, I look forward to continuing some of the work we have accomplished in the ward, and hope to bring my experience to the council table this fall”.
Cameron shared that his approach is one of balance. “I’m a proponent of keeping the level of taxation affordable while taking every opportunity we can to bring new initiatives, businesses and growth to the city”.
The father of two has a long public service and volunteer history that dates back to his years working with the Brandon School Division at Vincent Massey High School. “I had the good fortune as a byproduct of my work there to volunteer coach with some really successful football and baseball programs, I probably spent as much time volunteering on the field after hours as I did paid in the classroom” Cameron joked. “It really lit a spark for me. I wanted to become involved in the community and to work at supporting community initiatives, especially with our youth, something that carried over into serving many years as the Referee in Chief for Westman Youth Football”.
His first foray into municipal programming came in 2010 when he was appointed to the Downtown Development Group. Cameron would serve as chairperson for the group through 2014 when he and his family would move to the Valleyview area. From there, his involvement has included work with the Valleyview Community Centre, as well as serving as the area representative on the Central Council of Community Centres, an advisory body that oversees all centres in the city. “I have truly enjoyed being at the ground level of helping build our community. I plan to work hard to represent the ward, while building on every opportunity available to grow our city” said Cameron.
Cameron owns his own production company and spent time in media with CKX television as well as being a longtime Brandon Sun columnist. He would eventually come back to the education field in his current role as Secretary to the Board of Governors with Assiniboine Community College.
Cameron shared that he will spend the summer continuing to volunteer with his local community centre, which hosts a daycare program, as well as youth activity programming. Valleyview Community Centre is also the future site of City of Brandon Recreation Hub and Splash Park, slated to open in 2019.
“I believe in hard work and the payoff that comes from that. I believe the work I have been a part of has helped better this community, and I look forward to bringing that same level of commitment to the council table”.