Meet Jill Bruce! She is a candidate running for Ward 1 this fall.
I reside in Airport Heights with my husband Tim, two boys, Matthew and Andrew, and dog Gyzmo. We have lived here for almost 20 years. I am a graduate of the three-year Business Management-Marketing Program at CNA and have worked in various roles within the public and private sectors. I have held various volunteer positions in the local school system including Parent Representative, Community Representative, and Chair of Roncalli Elementary School Council – where I advocated, fundraised, and assisted in the planning of the Roncalli School located in Airport Heights. I collaborated with major stakeholders such as The City of St. John’s, The RNC and the School Board to spearhead the movement to increase safety measures for Roncalli Elementary School by including a bump-out at the crosswalk and speed radar signs. I am also a Parent Representative for Gonzaga High School Council, contributing time to being Hike Leader and / Online Record Bookkeeper for the Duke of Edinburgh program, and was a Health and Safety Volunteer with the Caps Hockey U13 League. My educational and professional background, paired with my desire to improve the safety of my community, makes me an ideal candidate for improving healthy lifestyles and the livelihoods of all residents. I most recently advocated for a basketball court for the residents of the ward and was able to secure this project with the City for the Summer/Fall of 2021. I also advocate yearly for improvements to snow clearing for safe sidewalks, focusing on equal access to basic functions of for the entire community. My continuous work and dedication showcase my commitment to improving the lives and health of all community members.
We asked Jill why she decided to run:
I am running for the seat of Ward One Councillor because I feel that the residents deserve a representative that will stand up for them and represent their needs and concerns. I feel that I am that person. I ran five years ago in a by-election and it gave me the opportunity to talk to thousands of people and learn what is important to them. It fuelled me to want to run again. After living in the Ward for the past 20 years, I feel that I am deeply integrated into the community that I advocate for and have a broad knowledge of the residents, programs and organizations. I pride myself on my strong work ethic and enjoy building relationships. On September 28, I look forward to the opportunity to represent the people of Ward One.