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On Feb. 22, retired Chief of the Dryden Police Service, Shayne MacKinnon, declared his candidacy for the vacant City of Dryden Council seat left by Mike Wood.
MacKinnon is a lifelong resident of Dryden who worked for thirty years with the police service, the last ten as Chief of Police.
“This is my hometown and I have always been extremely proud of Dryden. It was not long ago that we as a city, were a model for the rest of northwestern Ontario. I am convinced that we can achieve that status again,” said MacKinnon. “I will bring a positive attitude and vision to City Council no matter what challenges we face. We have a large population of seniors who put their heart and soul in to making Dryden a great place to live. We need to preserve their trust and those who work, live and play here in our city no matter what the challenges”
Shayne MacKinnon stated that if elected he will definitely stay the course and complete the remainder of the council term. MacKinnon has been actively involved in the development of youth facilities in the community and youth leadership events. He is the current chair of the Dryden Neighbourhood Legacy Project which just accepted responsibility for helping children and families participate in community events. He is the past president and an active member of the Dryden Rotary Club as well as the Past President of Dryden Community Living. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Dryden Native Friendship Centre.
MacKinnon admits that he has always focused on supporting youth and youth events both through his work with the police service and in his personal life.
“It is extremely rewarding to see our area’s youth be active, healthy and engaged in their community,” said MacKinnon. “I am sure that I can carry on with that important work and bring that kind of spirit to our entire community through City Council.”
Shayne lives in Dryden with his wife Sharon and has five grown children, and two grandchildren.