Candidate profiles

  • May. 12, 2009 8:00 a.m.

Gary Coons, NDPMr. Coons has a BA and a B Ed from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. He worked for almost 30 years as a high school teacher in Prince Rupert, teaching Math and Special Ed. He has been president of the Prince Rupert Teachers’ Union and an member of the BC Teachers’ Federation committee. He coached community sports and organized the Kaien Anti-Poverty Society. He was elected MLA in 2005 and served as the NDP Ferries critic.Herb Pond, LiberalMr. Pond studied forestry at UBC and has served one term as a Prince Rupert councillor and two terms as mayor of that city. He has chaired the regional district, and trevelled to the islands with that group as well as holidaying here.Lisa Girbav, Green PartyMs Girbav is the youngest candidate in the province. She graduated from Charles Hays Secondary in Prince Rupert in 2007, and lists barista (coffee brewer) as her professional background. She has volunteered with several groups, including the Kaien Island Youth Council and the Prince Rupert Minor Hockey Association.