I’m Paul Russell, and I’m your neighbour.
My kids are the most important thing in my life. I want to leave our community in a better place than it is today so that my kids and yours can afford to live in it and so that they want to live in it.
I’d like to help bring Nova Scotia back to being a prosperous and self-sufficient province, where our children and grand-children want to grow up. I’d also like to see us have a spirit where we can find work, or where we can start our own companies if we’d like to.
That starts by making our community a more affordable place to live. We need to stop living in a deficit. We need to grow the economy, while preserving the environment. We need to recognize the value of our natural resources and of our international trading partners.
I like to think that we live in a fantastic community in the best country in the world.
I also think that it can be better.
I’ve been helping to make our community better for years, as part of the Sackville Community Development Association, working with the Relay For Life, the Sackville Business Association, the Sackville Rivers Association, the Lake District Recreation Association, and on various other boards.
As part of the SCDA, I’ve managed every parade that Sackville has had since 2011. This includes both the Patriot Days parades and the Sackville Snow Days parades. Gosh, these have all been so much fun. You can really tell the community spirit when you see thousands of people sitting along the side of the road, in the pouring rain, while the parade goes by. We all knew that it was going to rain (for Canada Day in 2017); we were all prepared to get soaked; and we all really wanted to be there.
I’ve also been the President of the Sackville Cobequid PC Association since 2010, and have recently served a couple of years as the Vice President of the Sackville Preston Chezzetcook federal riding.
I started giving back to the community nearly 20 years ago, when I was an elected member of the Halifax Regional School Board. That’s when I first learned about some of the incredible people in this community, and that’s when I first saw some of the huge challenges. I want to help correct some of those challenges, and I want to help make this community an even better place.
My career, over the last few decades, has been developing computer software.
I have developed the skills to analyze problems from a very broad level and at a very intricate level, often at the same time, and usually under pressure. Over the years I’ve gained a reputation of finding solutions for the most interesting and difficult problems. I’ve also earned the trust of my customers with their sensitive data.
Some of the time I’ve built a number of companies from the ground up, and some of the time I’ve worked as an employee helping other companies grow and prosper.
Most recently I’ve been working to build web sites for Fortune 500 companies. These are large and complex projects, with many moving parts, and many people involved in each decision. The work that we do has a direct impact on (literally) millions of people and billions of dollars.
I’ve learned the skills that I need to help me work on your behalf.