Keith Irving – Liberal
Family: Wife Katherine, son Simon and dog, Fenway
Past relevant experience: Chair Canada Crossroads International; chair Northern Youth Abroad; city councillor Iqaluit, Nunavut; town councillor Wolfville
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
“To be myself.”
Who is your biggest influence?
“My father, Ron Irving, who is an extremely honest and caring person. He’s very community-conscience and chose to follow his passion of theatre. He received the Order of Canada for his work in community theatres.”
What are you passionate about?
“Other than the Boston Red Sox, I’m passionate about planning, as an architect…and making healthy communities. And volunteerism, I’m dedicated to two organizations on which I sit on the board.”
If you could offer one piece of advice to teens today, what would it be?
“Coming from working with teens in Nunavut – young people living very tough lives in very small, isolated communities, I would tell them not to be afraid to dream and work towards it. Set a goal and tackle different things, even if you don’t feel you’re prepared or have the skills for it.”
Why are you running?
“After my unsuccessful bid for the mayor – I lost by 130 votes - the Liberal Party asked me to take my experience to the provincial level.”
What do you think is the single most important issue in your riding?
“The economy and the ability to provide jobs to young people. People are leaving the province…we’ve found ourselves in a situation where we’re not providing the employment to allow them to live here.”
Why should people vote for you?
“I’ve built a basket of skills over 25 years in the volunteer sector and in the public sector as a municipal politician that I bring to the table.”