Make it one more candidate for Slave Lake town council. The entry of Ian Cameron into the race brings the total to 10 for the six positions at the council table.
Cameron may best be remembered for organizing the ‘Concert of Hope,’ held in Widewater a few weeks after the wildfire disaster of 2011.
“There are a few good candidates out there,” Cameron says. “I’m going to give it my all and I’d like to be part of the team.”
Cameron, 42, has been a Slave Lake resident since 2005. He arrived with a bang, making his presence felt organizing the ‘Sawfest’ music festival and other shows.
Cameron has been promoting and producing shows and events off and on ever since, through his company Cameron Productions. It’s not how he makes his living, but it is in his blood.
“I’ve been doing it since I was 14 years old!” he says.
That was in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, his home town.
Cameron says he studied business management in college in his home province, started a laser tag company and his production company. When he was 26 years old he came out to Alberta, briefly in Whitecourt and then moving permanently to Slave Lake. He’s worked in various oilpatch jobs, at a local lumber mill, and for the Sawridge Hotel for a decade, helping organize entertainment and such. At the moment he works for Eagle Well Servicing.
As to why he’s decided to run for council, Cameron has a few issues he’d like to sink his teeth into. One of them is tourism – promoting the community and such. He’s done a lot of that sort of thing already – he’d like to do more as a councillor.
Secondly, there are the related issues of homelessness, crime and drug abuse.
“We should have a shelter and a detox centre,” Cameron says, adding that he’d like to help get something organized.
Housing is another related issue he says something needs to be done about.
“I know people working who can’t afford to live here,” he says.
Cameron is single, with a 16-year-old son. He describes himself as “a doer” and “a go-getter,” adding “I’m not in this for personal gain.”
As far as campaigning goes, “I’m ready to rock and roll,” Cameron says. “Here I come!”