Cyndy Montana has announced her candidacy for Grand Island Town Council. Montana is endorsed by the Democrat Party and Working Families Party and is in the Independence Party primary.
Montana grew up on a dairy farm in Quebec, but married lifelong Islander Pete Montana 13 years ago and has made Grand Island her home. She has two children, Kaylee (10) and Jaxen (8) and is very involved in the school system. Montana is currently president of the Kaegebein PTA and has been an active PTA board member as well as a room parent since her children started school. She also sat on the facilities committee preparing for the capital campaign for the Grand Island Central School District. She is also an active member of the Kaegebein Playground Committee.
Montana's strong work ethic, common sense, commitment to bipartisan teamwork, varied work experience and attention to detail make her a great candidate for Grand Island Town Council. She will represent a portion of the population that doesn't currently have representation on the council - families with young children.
Since moving to Grand Island, Montana has been co-owner of two successful companies that she and her husband built from scratch. She has a Bachelor of Commerce that specializes in hotel and food administration and she has had a diverse array of careers. Some of her positions include an assistant department head at the Four Seasons - Downtown Toronto, front office manager at the Prince of Wales in Niagara-on-the-Lake, quality assurance manager for Ontario's Finest, development coordinator (fundraising and public relations) for Women's Place - a shelter for abused women; and advancement officer at Brock University. Ever an entrepreneur, she has already created a business plan for her next idea.
As well as her work within the schools, Montana is a member of the GI Professional Business Women's Chapter and helped organize this year's Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner hosted by the Chamber of Commerce. She has also chaired events such as Women's Place 25th Anniversary Gala, (named Best Special Event at the 2002 Voluntary Sector Innovation Awards) and charity golf tournaments. She was the coordinator for the Niagara Fundraisers Network, a member of the Board of Directors for RAFT (drop-in center for teens) and was a provincial director for the Young Farmers Association.
Montana is very excited about helping shape the future of our wonderful home - Grand Island! She looks forward to meeting more of her fellow Islanders and getting to know the issues that are important to everyone. Montana would appreciate your vote on Sept. 10 (you can write her name on the ballot for the Independence primary) and Nov. 3.