About Charles Pender

Welcome!

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I am the youngest son of Ruth (Dicks) and Bill Pender. My father owned and operated a small plumbing and heating business on Caribou Road in Corner Brook for over 50 years.

Corner Brook was formed in 1956 as a community of communities. While we have grown since then, Curling, Humbermouth, Townsite and the Westside have each maintained their distinct identity and character which adds to the richness and diversity of life in Corner Brook.  I myself was born and raised in the Humbermouth area of the city.

My wife Nathalie and I have been married for 20 years and have two teenage children, Marie and Thomas. Our dog Shadow and pet rabbit Pebbles are also very much part of our family.

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For 30 years, I have worked as an educator and educational leader in places like Burgeo, Baie Verte, Gander and, for the past 20 years, Corner Brook.

When I first offered myself for City Council in 1997, it was because I love this city, its beauty, and diversity. It is my home and the place that Nathalie and I chose as the best place to live, work, and raise our children, and that feeling has never changed. Nathalie moved here with me shortly after we were married, sight unseen, and is as in love with it as I am.

IMG_9547I felt very fortunate to have been elected as a city councillor in 1997 and again in 2003. In 2005, I was honoured to be elected Mayor.

I believe that I can offer the city strong leadership and a clear vision, as I have demonstrated in my public record of community involvement and public service.

On Tuesday, September 24, 2013, I was once again honoured to have been elected for a second time as Mayor of the beautiful city of Corner Brook.

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Season of Change

Image 4Exactly one month ago today, Corner Brook’s 16th city council was sworn in. It was the first time a new city council has been sworn in at Corner Brook’s new City Hall.

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And just as the leaves fall from the trees and autumn marches slowly but inevitably towards winter, my thoughts turn to what we have already achieved in the very short time we have been in office and the long road ahead.

 

Image 2Yes, in that short time, we have accomplished much. Yet we are all very aware that these are only the early days and that there is much more to be done. With only one returning councillor, the rest of us have a lot of catch up to do. And even if I, along with most of the new council have served on past councils, I can tell you that  it’s been a pretty steep learning curve.

We are not there yet, but we do have a very enthusiastic and energized council who have been working very hard each and every day, both individually and as a group, to move this city forward. As a new council, it takes time to come together, share ideas, discuss possibilities, become familiar with each other and begin to formulate a collective strategy and direction forward, but we are getting there.

First though, we need to understand how the city works.

IMG_3384We have spent many hours working with city staff to orient the new council and  pour over policy documents, organizational charts, by-laws, maps and regulations. Each of our policy advisory committees has met to deal with the myriad of requests and issues around planning, development requests, landscape fees, land development, tax sales, budgets, hiring, travel, paving, line painting, water cuts, and so much more.

IMG_0076We have met with community groups and organizations seeking council support for events and facilities, improved health care and greater business opportunities. We have raised flags, signed proclamations, attended fundraisers, events, walks and performances and we have held two public council meetings in four weeks.

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Yes, it has been one busy month, and I suspect it will be an even busier year. As we begin the budget process, we will be looking for input from the public on issues that concern them most in an effort to deliver the most efficient, cost effective services that our residents want and need.

IMG_0163Change won’t  happen overnight, nor should it. Change is a process. It requires thoughtfulness, understanding, prudence and time. But change will come, just as it always does.

How we work together to manage that change will be one measure of our success.

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