I am a Veteran. I am educated and experienced as a Civil-Military Cooperation liaison Sergeant, engaging with key leaders in communities foreign and domestic, facilitating dialog in very intense political and social environments. I believe my background has given me the skills and knowledge to cooperate positively and effectively in difficult city matters.
I’ve felt the calling to rise to action again in service to the community.
I’m ready to contribute with integrity and enthusiasm, for the leadership of this great City of Powell River.
Questions & Answers
1. My name is Jason Gregory Popovitch Hygaard.
2. A description of who you are: your work, family, volunteer commitments, etc.
I’m a Veteran with 3 tours in Bosnia. I’m of Metis, Icelandic and Ukrainian heritage. I’m on the board of the Metis Society. I’ve lived in this city for 7 years. I have operated 2 art galleries here.
I live in Wildwood on Taku St with my Portuguese water dog Mayday and an abundance of wildlife.
3. Your political experience and why you want to be a City Councillor in the 2022 to 2026 term?
First time candidate. I will take an active role in our community. I will listen to and consider perspectives and needs of the community. I have the experience to lead, listen and collaborate to ensure the needs of our citizens are achieved.
4. From Volunteer Powell River Youth CAN
What does ‘social good’ mean to you?
Corporations and organizations that benefit from our community should also contribute to the community, beyond legal requirements. They should Improve, contribute and strengthen the communities in which their success depends.
5. From the Seniors Association
How important to you is it to make PR more attractive to tourism?
We need to improve accessibility and transportation to our many trails, lakes, mountains and beaches.
I envision a vibrant, sustainable waterfront development with superior accommodations, conference facilities, entertainment and leisure attractions.
6. From qathet Climate Action
How will you support real action on the climate emergency?
Repairing existing damage, preventing further environmental decline and ultimately achieve a state where we no longer contribute to environmental destruction at. I’m in support of our green transition initiatives and want to continue to improve and build upon them.
7. From qL
How will you respond to Tla’amin Nation’s name change request?
My great-grandfather attended Indian Residential School and my family has felt the multi-generational trauma.
I support the request for city name change.
I hear and understand the frustration, anger, pain, division and feeling of loss of place and identity.
Let’s choose an inspiring, evolving identity for the future.
I welcome your support and I’d like to hear from you.
I am extremely happy and grateful to live here in the territory of the Tla’amin Nation and I want to be a part of keeping this place wonderful. I’ve lived in the City of Powell River for seven years, since 2015. I’ve had homes in Westview, Cranberry and now Wildwood.
I am a Veteran,
I started a career in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1996 with Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, and many army reserve units until 2014. In 18 years I served 3 tours of duty in Bosnia, and many tasks within Canada on domestic emergency/disaster response operations.
I instructed many soldiers in different environments. I became a leadership instructor and supervisor, conducting standardization training, supervision and facilitation of army education and training courses in British Columbia.
I retired at the rank of Sergeant.
I have been awarded the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, NATO Peacekeeping Medal with Former Yugoslavia Bar x3, and the Canadian Decoration Medal for long service.
Civil-Military cooperation education and experience.
As a military liaison with key leaders in communities foreign and domestic, facilitating dialog in very intense political and social environments, I believe my education and experience as a “Tactical Civil-Military Cooperation Operator” has given me the skills and experiences to cooperate positively and effectively in difficult city matters.
I’ve felt the calling to rise to action again in service to this community.
I’m ready to contribute to the leadership of this community.
I operated an art gallery on Marine ave “SPACE” in 2016-17, and the gallery “Amplitude Arts” in the Rodmay Hotel for the past year, facilitating and curating art exhibitions, workshops and studio space. The studio was started to foster and hand over the space to an arts collective, and is now doing just that and has transitioned into a collective arts society.
I have not been an elected representative in any government.
I have been on the board of directors for the qathet Powell River Métis Society for the past 5 years.
Alberta Entrepreneur’s Association board of directors 1999-2000.
Between army reserve and full time contracts I worked many other occupations and volunteer positions,
Small business, entrepreneurial.
I have operated a web design and small business print company in Edmonton 1999-2000 Plexus Digital Media Ltd.
A strata and rental unit maintenance and repair contractor 2011-2014 Abbotsford Master Handyman Ltd.
I’ve apprenticed as an auto mechanic for Chrysler in Winnipeg.
By-Law enforcement officer for the City of Edmonton.
Site carpenter for Qualico Foxridge homes in Surrey.
I have been elected to various board positions within the military, such as Vice President and President of the Mess Committee.
I have the aptitude and motivation to lead, listen and positively collaborate to ensure that the wishes, needs and rights of our citizens are effectively and efficiently achieved.
I support education that is relevant and beneficial to the community.
I value education in occupations that our city needs and jobs that allow our young people to find rewarding careers, fairly paid, and lasting long term employment.
I value and respect the dedicated work that our city staff and employees do to keep this city great. I want to make sure that the talented people who make this city work are well compensated and recognized for their achievements.
It’s important that we make it a priority to offer the best employment environment in order to retain our local skilled and talented citizens as employees with a vested interest in our community.
I support the library and the very important work and workers to keep this valuable and vital resource current, available and accessible.
I will be diligent in being informed and educated as well as possible in order to effectively meet the goals of all parties, if possible.
I’m committed to developing effective communication through liaison with existing community networks and associations.
i openly communicate ideas, hear opinions, insights, what is wanted and needed for people to succeed.
What I do know is: I don’t know everything and I need to hear what people want, and listen advice from the experts when making decisions on peoples behalf.
I look forward to discussing and learning what I can do for You.
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