A councillor for Colchester County is eyeing the PC Party nomination for Colchester North forthe next provincial election.
Eric Boutilier is putting his name forth after being approached a while back about running. He said after much deliberation and discussion with family, friends and constituents, he decided to seek the nomination.
“I feel I have a lot to offer with my background and experience for the people of Colchester North,” he said in a press release. “I have a lot of energy and enthusiasm for helping people in Colchester North. Being on Colchester County council has only strengthened my resolve in that regard. I want to bring the kind of good work from county council to the provincial level.”
Boutilier was born and raised in Colchester County and still resides in the area with his wife, Janine. They have two children – Benn, 23, and 21-year-old Abby. He’s recently retired from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, where he was a teacher and guidance counsellor, including for 15 years at Bible Hill Junior High School. Most recently, he was the suspension support teacher for the Cobequid Family of Schools.
While in the school board, Boutilier coached soccer and fastball, as well as hockey with the Truro and Area Minor Hockey Association. His volunteer work includes Nova Scotia Music Week, the Dutch Mason Blues Festival, and the Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling.
He was actively involved with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, serving numerous roles such as Colchester-East Hants Local president, Chignecto-Central Regional representative chair and both first and second vice-president of the provincial body of the union. He also served on the board of directors of the Canadian Teachers Federation.
Boutilier has an A.Ed from Nova Scotia Teachers College, a B.Ed from Acadia University, and M.Ed from both Saint Mary’s and Acadia universities.
During his first term on council, Boutilier was appointed to serve on the library board, Dangerous and Unsightly Premises committee, Flood Advisory and Sewer Use Appeals committee.
For more information, visit ‘Eric Boutilier for Colchester North’ on Facebook, or www.eric4colchesternorth.ca.