GUYSBOROUGH – Two long-time community volunteers and educators had a chance to experience municipal government in recent years and both have decided they would like to continue to serve the community as municipal councillors. Miles MacDonald and Neil DeCoff told The Journal this week they will both be re-offering in October’s municipal election.
DeCoff, councillor for district three, says there have been many positive things happening in the municipality and the potential for positive economic development is on the horizon. “I will continue to be a positive voice at the council table for economic developments that will hopefully bring some employment to local residents and maybe bring some of our younger families back home,” he said. “I have enjoyed my first experience as councillor of district three and I hope to get the opportunity to represent the people of Boylston, Melford, Auld’s Cove for another term.”
MacDonald, who represents council on the Eastern Counties Regional Library Board and the Liaison Oversight Committee for the Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network, says he has enjoyed the opportunity to represent district one. “These are exciting times for our municipality.”
DeCoff was elected in a May 2015 by-election for district three. He taught school in Guysborough for 33 years and coached many high school and community sport teams. He was a chartered member of the Guysborough Lion’s Club and president of the Guysborough Amateur Athletic Association. DeCoff is presently an active member of the Chedabucto Curling Club, the Osprey Shores Golf Resort and the Chedabucto Performance Centre Operations Committee. DeCoff sits on council’s Waste Management Liaison Committee as well as the EMO Committee.
MacDonald worked in Guysborough County schools for 32 years, spending most of that time as a school administrator. In the past he was involved in the Guysborough Amateur Athletic Association, the Lions Club, Chedabucto Curling Club, and the local volunteer fire department. Currently, he is an active member of the Guysborough Waterfront Development Society, the Guysborough and Area Board of Trade, Chedabucto Place School Advisory Committee, the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, and the Board of Directors of GOALS. He also chairs the Chedabucto Place Association, which operates the Chedabucto Place Performance Centre.