For Maple Ridge council
• Name: Dr. Robert (Bob) Masse.
• Residence: 12401 Dawson Place, Maple Ridge.
• Occupation/education: chiropractor.
• Volunteer work: race director for the Vistas Run, which raised over $160,000 for McKinney Creek Hospice, for five years; two as chairman, Safety and Security Committee for Downtown Maple Ridge; . three on board of B.C. Chiropractic Association.
• Who do you support for mayor: I will work hard with whomever the community elects as mayor. With respect, I believe that my own personal vote is private.
Question: Please provide an example of what you have done that qualifies you for council.
Answer: As an incumbent, I hope that my record over the past three years has earned me another seat at the council table. I will continue to work at least 30 hours per week. I believe in team work, and am results oriented.
Q: Who is funding your campaign?
A: My campaign is quite small and mostly self-funded.
Q: What makes you stand out from other candidates?
A: My experience and work record over the past three years on council. The work I am currently involved in to reinstate Riverview as a modern centre of excellence for mental health care needs to continue. My role in the work we are doing to get a university, college, or trades school in Maple Ridge. I have built good relationships with people and agencies that are important to our communities future success.
Q: How do you see the City of Maple Ridge developing in the next 10 years?
A: With the province having recently invested over $1.2 billion dollars in the Golden Ears and Pitt River bridges, Maple Ridge now has very real leverage. For example, we need schools and a university or college campus and better transit to continue the growth the province and Metro anticipates. We need to grow in an intelligent way to fulfill our potential as a balanced, vibrant, healthy community where we can ‘work, shop and play’ at home. It’s up to us to make it happen.
Q: What will be your top priority if elected to Maple Ridge council?
A: Get the mentally ill and drug addicted and homeless people off our streets and sidewalks, out of our bushes and alleys, and into the treatment and care that they so desperately need.