Portugal Cove - St. Philip's Town Council
Mayor: Bill Fagan
I grew up in fishing family in a small community. I grew up understanding the value of each one contributing to family and community.
I graduated from a three-room school with a Scholarship which enabled me to go to University. I eventually earned a Bachelor's Degree (Arts and Education), two Master's Degrees, and a Doctorate Degree (Ph. D). I have studied at Memorial University, The University of Toronto, The University of Michigan, and The University of Alberta.
I have won a number of awards for my research and community work. Among those awards are:
* Outstanding Dissertation (Research) Award (International Reading Association). This was open to world competition.
* Promising Researcher Award (National Council of Teachers of English - United States)
* Alberta Government Achievement Award.
* University of Alberta McCalla Research Professor
* Canada Post Educator Award (for work in NL)
* Canada Post Community Service Award (for work in NL)
I am a Professor Emeritus, The University of Alberta, and an Adjunct Professor, Memorial University. I am a member of the Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Psychologists, and a Clinical Reading Specialist. I have authored several literacy programs, including one for Innu, Inuit, and Metis parents and children.
In the Town, I am a member of Beachy Cove School Council as liaison between the School and the Town Hall, member of the 50 Club, a sponsor of the PCSP End of Summer Regatta, supporter of the Lions' Club, a volunteer reader for young children at the Town Library, a member of Holy Rosary Parish Council, and a supporter of all churches in the Town. I am a member of a subcommittee of the Avalon East Wellness Coalition, and I am on the Editorial Board of Literacies, a Canadian Journal.
I believe strongly in developing a sense of community, of providing a caring and sharing atmosphere where all feel part of community as family.
Deputy Mayor: Jane Tucker
I have been a resident of Portugal Cove- St. Philip’s for over 45 years. Together with my husband Brud, we have raised four children here, and now our grandchildren are growing up in this community. In the past, we owned a successful office equipment business for many years and also built and operated a successful restaurant at St. Philip’s Beach.
I am now enjoying a busy retirement with my husband and extended family. I am a former Girl Guide Leader and an active member of the St. Philip’s Woman’s Institute.
Councillor: Joe Duggan
My wonderful wife Christine and I have been married for 32 years. We have two children, Geoffrey and Jennifer, both who reside in Newfoundland & Labrador. We began building our house on Beachy Cove Road 30 years ago and we still call it home today. I have been a resident of PCSP for 37 years.
I was born in the thriving mining community of Bell Island, where I earned a mechanic trade, but left the Island upon the closure of the mine in 1966. After moving to Ontario for a short time, I returned to Newfoundland where I worked as an Operating Room Technician until my retirement in 2002.
Some of my community involvement includes the following:
- Licensed Practical Nursing Board of Directors
- Public Service Credit Union Board of Directors
- Nape Pensioners Board of Directors
- Urban Municipalities Commitee of Newfoundland & Labrador
- Presidential Task Force on Municipal Sustainability
- North East Avalon Joint Councils
- Killick Coast Tourism Association
- Marriage Commissioner
Councillor: Patsy Whitten