National Capital FreeNet / Libertel de la Capitale nationale

Gary Eikenberry - Candidate

Gary Eikenberry

What skills will you contribute to the NCF Board?

I have previous experience as staff, management and volunteer board member with a wide range of community and not for profit organizations. These include Frontier College (staff), Canadian College of Health Service Executives (staff and management), and committee and board participation with groups including the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, World Literacy of Canada, the Society of Internet Professionals (Ottawa Chapter) and, I currently serve on the Education Committee for the Association of Professional Computer Consultants. I have owned and operated a successful IT and Internet consulting business since 1990. I have worked, played, taught and, as a writer, have been published on the Internet since the early days of public access through my first dial-up shell account through the Synapse BBS.

What do you think are the most important functions of NCF for its members?

I see three primary issues.

  1. The first is to "keep the ship afloat," accessible and relevant to its members, but also adequately supplied with the resources it need to function effectively.
  2. The second is outreach to potential members and organizations
  3. The third is for the NCF to be a public voice in the debate concerning universal (broadband?) access to the Internet.

Why do you want to be an NCF Director?

Even though the NCF is not my primarily means of internet access, I have maintained my membership because I feel that the NCF is an important vanguard for and bastion of non-commercial access to the communication and cultural as well as economic possibilities which the Internet can continue to offer, and feel that it is important to offer my experience and perspective towards that end.

Members who are looking for someone who will be a regular, active participant in on-line discussions and on-line community building should vote for someone else. No matter how much I may believe in these things, I have a finite amount of time to offer, and feel that I can invest that time more effectively by volunteering to serve on the board to help maintain members' opportunities to participate.


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