Sarah Stewart-Clark looks through life with the lens of a mother, wife, scientist and leader. The vision she has gained also comes from years of volunteering. In 2014 Sarah co-founded "Island Mothers Helping Mothers," which is a large group of parents on P.E.I. who provide support to low-income families and any parent in an emergency situation. She has shared with me that these mothers have given more to her than she has given to them. Sounds like both are benefiting.
I have known Sarah since she was a child, as she grew up in Sherwood and I knew her parents and brothers. Her mother was a teacher, as was I, so we were all family friends. I followed her university training and was very proud of her when she graduated with a doctorate in the marine sciences in 2010. It has been a pleasure to offer her the benefit of my political experience in her Progressive Conservative leadership campaign.
I am impressed with Sarah’s knowledge of the fishery, aquaculture, agriculture sectors, as well as her knowledge of the environment and climate change. In her research career she has been providing innovative solutions in fishery and agriculture sectors and monitoring changes to our aquatic ecosystems. As a politician, this allows her to provide new insights into our Island's primary resources of fishing and farming. Sarah has gained political experience that will serve her well as leader, by contributing information to the official opposition in the last three sittings of the legislature on such a wide range of issues that they demonstrate her breadth of scope as a leader: mental health, fisheries, aquaculture, poverty, budget estimates, agriculture, and environment.
Sarah’s attributes that have led to a successful professional career translates well to her ability to lead an effective and productive government. She is a good communicator and while being a capable and relaxed speaker is necessary for a leader, it is her ability as an effective listener that allows her to connect with Islanders. Her balance of empathy and logic is a powerful combination. She surrounds herself with others and uses their skills to move forward on our behalf. She wants to learn from people; how can she and they work smarter? What does she need to do differently in government so that life can be better? As party leader her vision is to form a government that respects and values and represents all Islanders equally. I know she has the drive and commitment to bring a better government to Islanders. Having known her since she was a child I can assure the public that this is who Sarah is, it is who she always was, and I know it will be who she always will be. For all of the reasons stated above I am proud to endorse Sarah Stewart-Clark as the best choice to lead our party and our province into the third decade.
Chester Gillan is a former MLA and minister of Health, Environment, Fisheries and Agriculture.