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Election 2012 Questions: Phil Moon Son

Phil Moon SonAt YkOnline.ca, we’re trying to keep you informed and connected to the people who would like to have a hand in the building and operation of Yellowknife but in a light-hearted way. We sent around the following questions to each of the candidates for mayor and council asking for a written or video response. As each candidate responds we’ll post their answers. You can follow all the 2012 Municipal Election posts with the tag “yzfelec2012“.

Phil Moon Son

Where do you volunteer and why?

I have volunteered for many organizations and efforts in Yellowknife ranging from Yellowknife Daycare Association, to the Parents Advisory Committee as well as participating with my church. I have also volunteered with special events such as sporting fundraisers and political campaigns. One of my proudest contributions has been working with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  I have worked off an on with this organization since founding it in 2004.  SSVP works towards helping families in need.  This charity is very beneficial to people, knowing the high cost of living, and how so many families struggle some months to make ends meet.  Over the years, our Yellowknife chapter has helped hundreds of families with things as small as a couple bags of groceries to help people get by, to furniture, to looking into different modes of transportation to see a sick relative.  It’s a humbling job.

What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve done in public?

Well, I try not to set myself up for these moments, but trying my hand, or should I say foot, at curling this winter was not my proudest moment.

How will you communicate with residents, how will that be better than what is available now?

Technology is great, and I will continue to be available through my website, as well as through social media.  However, I strongly feel nothing is better than talking to someone face to face.  If elected I would continue to be available to the residents of Yellowknife by having meet and greets throughout the year.  I would also be available to meet for coffee any time a resident would like to chat.  The privilege of being elected by the community means that it is my responsibility to be the voice for the community; so communication is extremely important.

What do you have in your fridge? 

With two children and a wife who enjoys to cook, quite a bit!  Coming from a Korean heritage though, the most important food in our fridge is a never-ending supply of kim chee!

How do people know you around town?

Phil Moon Son – which has taken on various nicknames by different people over the years.  I think my name is fun for people to say, as I am normally addressed by my full name from a lot of people. People know me around town through my various jobs, through my family, church and volunteering.

Where can you be found most often during the endless days in the summer?

My family and I love going to the beach, and so we often can be found there.  If not there though, I am usually working on a project in or around the house.  I love building things, and usually spend a great deal of my summer working on projects.

Describe what the Harbour Plan is in plain english and why it is, or isn’t important.

The Harbour Plan is an initiative that has been in the works for many years, involving many governments and organizations. These efforts will hopefully result in a more controlled environment to better service the community and beautify the shoreline. Water based activities is a huge part of recreational life for many Yellowknifers.  Living along one of the largest lakes in the world and definitely the most beautiful and having limited access is something the City must address. I feel more consultation is required as these plans are developed and implemented.

Have you worked with any of the other councilor candidates before?

I have only worked very briefly with one of the candidates.

What is your favourite winter activity?

My favourite winter activity is going for walks and sled rides with my kids. Most of my winter activities over the past 7 years have always involved my kids one way or another.

Are you a first generation Yellowknifer?

Yes.  My fiancée at the time and I moved from Sachs Harbour to Yellowknife in 2004.  We have established roots and along with our two children, we consider Yellowknife our home.

Have you worked on councils or committee before?

Yes during my time as the Senior Administrative Officer I worked with the Mayor and Council dealing with many similar issues that the City of Yellowknife does.

For more information on how to follow each of the candidates visit our Election 2012 Page.


About the author

Kyle Thomas

Kyle grew up in Yellowknife and is a local entrepreneur, writer, baker, and Yellowknife Advocate who is addicted to learning as much as he can about the community and sharing it with anyone who'll listen. In 2009 he developed YkOnline.ca. A website all about living, working and thriving in Yellowknife for residents, newcomers, and visitors.

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