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Councillor Steven Forbes

Steven ForbesI moved here from Saskatchewan in 1986 when my parents purchased the Trapper's Shack. While I am technically "an outsider" not having been born and raised in Sioux Lookout, I am far from a visitor.

My family's roots in the community run deep...all the way back to the early 1950's. My grandfather, Alexander Hannah, was Mayor of the town in the 50's and my mom Gail, and her sisters Donna and Bev all grew up here. I spent many summers fishing and water skiing Big Sandy Lake down Highway 72 when the camp known now as Pine Cliff Lodge was owned by family friends Bud and Rhett Stewart.

I finished my high school at Queen Elizabeth District High School and then moved to Winnipeg to pursue a degree in Political Science at the University of Winnipeg. I followed up four years at U of W with another two at Red River College and obtained my degree in Creative Communications, majoring in journalism. Summers were spent running up and down Lac Seul, while working for my parents at the family business, Sioux Lookout Floating Lodges.

After obtaining my degree, I worked at the Winnipeg Free Press as a sportswriter for a year and then moved over to the Winnipeg Sun and covered the city hall beat for two years. It was here that the bug for politics started to take hold and I knew there would come a point where sometime in my life I would end up running for public office...15 years later, here we are.

After some serious discussions, my wife Angie and I decided to make Sioux Lookout our home and buy into the family business full time in 1997. I worked a couple of years as the editor of the Sioux Lookout Bulletin upon moving here to help pay the bills and now the houseboat business is fully owned by Angie and I. Our two sons, Josh and Ben are starting to learn the ropes (and the lake) and we all greatly enjoy our Sioux Lookout summers!

I ran because I felt Council was missing the perspective of a "younger" person. Councils have traditionally skewed toward the upper range of the age demographic and I just thought there should be a different voice at the table. After a few months in office I see now why a lot of retired people run for the job...they need all that extra time to do the job effectively! While the workload is a little more than I thought, I don't regret for a minute making the leap and am really enjoying serving the people who were nice enough to entrust me with their vote.

We have a lot of challenges to overcome as a community, but the opportunities we have far outweigh the obstacles. I greatly look forward being able to being a part of the solution towards both over the next three years.

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