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I care and want to make a difference – a speech by Nicky Gurret

By September 9, 2020No Comments

Good day!

It is an exciting day for me, and I hope for Bermuda as I present myself to run as a candidate for Sandys South Central for the One Bermuda Alliance.

Why 34 Sandys South Central?

It is the constituency which holds my then matrimonial home. It is the area where I walked along Sound View Road to catch the ferry to work.

It is the home I came to with my husband when we both brought our two children back from the hospital.

It is where I roamed the railway trail with my babies during maternity leave and on the weekends with my family. I lived there for many years.

Why am I running?

I am running because I believe I can make a true difference.

I am a person with ideas and have extensive experience executing and bringing them to fruition.

I believe I can bring people together in a creative and energising environment.

I am a registered architect, artist and author who wants to build a better Bermuda for our families. 

 I have worked both in the private and public sector, as an architect in private practices as a project manager, as an educator teaching sailing at the White’s Island Government program.

 I was the head building control officer for the government working over 12 years heading up regulations and inspections.

 While working in the architecture and building field and as a volunteer activist I started The Bermuda Sand Sculpture Competition and ran it for 21 years.

I started The Bermuda Beach Art Festival and ran it for 6 years.  I and a friend introduced Pechakucha to Bermuda and ran it for 6 years.

I have been the Artistic Director and Education Director at the Bermuda International Film Festival for the last 4 years.

I am an active member of the Bermuda Society of Arts, the Bermuda Dockyard Art Gallery, Masterworks, and BMDS.

As you can see, I am passionate about the arts and see it as a way to relieve the stresses of life and bring people together and create a beautiful environment.

I want to make the arts a fourth sector for Bermuda. I want to elevate Bermuda to be known as the artistic jewelled Island of the Atlantic Ocean and to bring people from all walks of life together in a joyous meaningful way.

I was one of the first female certified head sailing instructors.  The first female registered Bermuda architect. The first female Head of Building Control at the Department of Planning.

So, you can see I have been involved in the community. I am a leader. I look at the big picture and then fill in the details.

One other organisation I am involved which I want to draw your attention to is Friends of Hospice which is the charity that support Bermuda’s only hospice called Agape house.

This weekend they are having their first Butterfly Blast in Victoria Park from noon to 4 pm and I encourage all people to support this family fun filled day.

I am running for the The One Bermuda Alliance as I believe more woman should be in politics, more inclusivity should be in politics and more imaginative ideas should be bought forward, developed and implemented to make Bermuda a better place with more jobs more people and better education.

I am running because I care and want to make a difference.

As a mother, wife, daughter and volunteer activist in the community I am determined to steer Bermuda on a better course.

We will do better.