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Caithness News Bulletins Elections 2003
Elections May 2003
Deirdre Steven Profile
returned to work as the training and development manager with Caithness
Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Since 1999 I have been working as manager for the
Highlands and Islands MSPs, Peter Peacock ( deputy finance minister),
Maureen Macmillan and Rhoda Grant.
In 1999 I was elected to Highland Council representing Wick West, and took on the area portfolio for housing. In that role I promoted the “warm and dry” programme, bringing forward huge investment in double glazing and insulation. Prior to my election to Highland council I was chair of Wick Community Council. I am chair of the Pultneytown Family Resource Centre Project, and a director of the Caithness Mental Health Support Group. I am a member of Wick High School Board, and of the Northern Joint Police Board.
I have played a leading role in the development of the Highland domestic abuse strategy, and have been proactive in the successful bid for a woman’s refuge in Caithness. I have been heavily involved in the campaign to upgrade A9 and am a member of Wick Airport Consultative Committee. I have also been successful in working to keep the all-weather pitch for Wick on the agenda.
One campaign that has given me great heart has been the Maternity Unit Must Stay (MUMS) campaign in Wick. The success of MUMS brought home to me how much can be achieved when a community comes together with one voice and a single purpose. It supported my belief in the potential of community to not only protect itself but to go one step further and develop itself, its services and its infrastructure for the common good. There is so much more we can deliver by working together to identify solutions to local problems.
5 April 03