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Council Profiles

 Wabush Council 

Mayor Colin Vardy
Deputy Mayor Terry Curran 
Councillor Rick Burke
Councillor Gertie Canning
Councillor Frankie Delahunty  
Councillor Trevor Dove  
Councillor Danyelle Lavers

Mayor Colin Vardy

Councillor Vardy was born in Labrador City on October 4,1984. Colin was the youngest child of Clyde and Marion Vardy with only one sibling, Colette Vardy (Williams).

Colin got involved with the community at a young age.  His volunteer experience goes back as far as the age of 10, when Colin became the youngest licensed Ham Radio Operator in Canada.  Through the Ham Radio Club, Colin volunteered at various events such as the Regatta, Loppett, Run for the Hills, Legion Telethon and other such events. 

Colin graduated from Menihek High School in 2002 and decided to work for a few years while trying to decide his future.  After working various part time jobs, Colin decided to move to St. John's where he became a licensed Accident & Sickness Insurance Agent.

Upon his return to Labrador West, Colin was still uncertain of his future.  He learned quickly that a traditional education didn't work for him and he needed a more hands on approach. Colin decided to reopen a business he started in Youth Ventures. More than seven years later and with much support from family and friends, Colin still runs this successful business.

Colin spent many years involved with different local groups such as Labrador West Young People's Association, White Wolf Snowmobile Club and Cain's Quest. He was approached by Mayor Barron regarding a bi-election in 2011 and decided to run.
He served two and a half years as Councillor with the Town of Wabush, and during the 2013 municipal election - was elected as Mayor.

Deputy Mayor Terry Curran

Deputy Mayor Terry Curran was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec.  Once he completed high school he studied civil engineering at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.  Upon completion of his degree he went on to study Construction Management where he received his masters of civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Terry moved to Wabush in 1989 and has been a resident of Wabush since that time.
Terry's wife Kathy (Snow) was raised in Wabush and has lived in Wabush all of her life.  After receiving her teaching degree from Memorial University Kathy has taught at various schools in Labrador West.  Their children Evan and Mackenzie were both born in and are still residing in Wabush.

Terry has severed with several volunteer groups including Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Labrador West, Knights of Columbus, Smokey Mountain Ski Club, Labrador West Rotary Club, and the Labrador West Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, Terry has served on the Wabush municipal council for 2 terms from 2001 to 2009.

Councillor Gertie Canning

Councillor Canning was born in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.  Gertie graduated from High School in Churchill Falls and went back to Goose Bay to attend Community College where she met and married her husband, Derrick Canning. 
They have three (3) children: 
1) Karl (wife Jillian, and daughter Kallie. They are expecting their second child in April)
 Desiree is fourteen & attends Menihek High School and
2) Julia is twelve & attends JRS Middle School. 

Gertie moved to Wabush in 1998 after living in Ontario for 12 years.  She has always wanted to move back to Labrador West to raise her children and let them experience the kind of childhood that she so enjoyed.  Gertie loves being back and says that she will do anything she can to support and help the people of her community.  She enjoys the beauty and serenity that Labrador has to offer.

Gertie has two sisters and three brothers: Victoria (Labrador City), Sheila (Ontario), Randy (Churchill Falls), Pat (Goose Bay) and Calvin (Goose Bay).
Councillor Canning's parents, Victor and Joan Penney, are residents of Goose Bay who moved there from Churchill Falls after retiring in 2013.

Gertie was elected in a bi-election which was held September 30, 2014.

Danyelle Lavers

Councillor Lavers was born and raised in Deer Lake, NL.  After she completed high school, she moved to Corner Brook and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College (MUN).  While completing her degree, she was an active volunteer and volunteered for a number of organizations and committees whose goals were to work together to address the mental health needs of the region.  This led to her working in the mental health & addiction field after she completed her degree.

She moved to Labrador West in October 2008 when she accepted a position with Labrador-Grenfell Health as the Primary Health Care Facilitator for Western Labrador.  Her job allows her to work in and with the community to address the health related needs of this region from a Social Determinants of Health perspective.  She sits on a number of boards and committees such as First Steps Family Resource Center, Wabush Community Events Committee, JRSC School Council, Labrador West Housing and Homelessness Coalition, Aboriginal Service Centre Advisory Committee, Community Advisory Panel, to name a few.

She lives with her partner, Jason Aylward, who was born and raised in Wabush and stepson, Grady Aylward.




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