NL Alliance
Working Together for Change.

About

Who we are

The Alliance

NL Alliance are a group of like-minded individuals who believe that the system for politics in Newfoundland and Labrador is broken, and needs to be restored back to the hands of the people of the province. Founded in 2018, NL Alliance is working to develop policies from a set of guiding principles they believe will help establish a solid foundation for a new way of doing Government.

NL Alliance does not seek to be a new political party - rather a movement of thought and ideas that will help be the change that takes back our province from the interests that have controlled it for too long. While our goal is to have candidates run in elections under the NL Alliance banner, we ultimately desire to gain power to the point where we can finally fix the broken party system and be the Real Change we so desperately need.

Only then do we feel the people of Newfoundland and Labrador will be fairly represented in the legislature, and will decisions be made with all people’s best interests in mind.

 

Lend your voice

To bring the change we want to bring, NL Alliance first needs to be registered with Elections NL. To do that, we need 1000 people to sign a petition. Will you lend your voice to the cause?

 

Guiding Principles

WE AIM TO WORK TOGETHER TO CHANGE THE CURRENT POLITICAL SYSTEM, WHICH IS BROKEN AND DOES NOT PROVIDE EQUAL REPRESENTATION FOR ALL PEOPLE IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR.

The people of Newfoundland and Labrador need a round table, with forty seats, belonging to forty elected MHAs. Every elected MHA needs to have a free thinking voice, reflective of their own conscience and the needs of the people in their electoral district and province at large. It's about service and accountability to the people - not adherence to a party line, patronage, cabinet or personal power.

WE COMMIT TO HOLDING TRUE TO THE MEANING OF AN HONEST, TRANSPARENT, ACCOUNTABLE, AND OPEN GOVERNMENT.

If it’s a crisis, people need to hear it’s a crisis. If it’ll cost more, NLers should know the full picture. If there’s a need to hire for a position, everyone should and will have a chance to apply, and if Government doesn’t have an answer, they should get back to you when they do. Everyone is weary of dodging questions and hearing empty rhetoric for the sake of political cover. The people of NL deserve better from those who represent them.

WE BELIEVE IN PROTECTING THE LONG-TERM ECONOMIC INTERESTS OF ALL NEWFOUNDLANDERS AND LABRADORIANS BY BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE WITH THE PEOPLE’S MONEY.

Yes, tough decisions will have to be made, and it will take courage and strength to make them. But they are necessary, and they will be worth it in the end. Many governments of the past have been using resources needlessly to achieve political agendas, curry favour with a chosen few, and win battles we didn’t need to fight in the first place. We must meet the needs of the people of the province, and ensure that there is a sustainable and prosperous future for our children and grandchildren to be proud of.

WE VALUE AND DEFEND PEACE, FREEDOM, DEMOCRACY, EQUALITY, THE MULTIPLE CULTURES AND DIVERSITY WITHIN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR, FOR IT MAKES US STRONGER AND DEFINES OUR IDENTITY.

There is too much that unites us to divide us. All people deserve respect, rights and the privilege to live in this province and country we call home. No matter the background, race, religion, creed, orientation, gender or beliefs, we must do everything we can to make a better life for all involved, and invite all who want to be part of this life to do so. We will show the world what a shining light this land can be.

WE REGARD THE PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF EVERY NEWFOUNDLANDER AND LABRADORIAN TO BE OUR GREATEST RESPONSIBILITY.

This isn’t about politics. This is about politicians and it isn’t about power. It’s about people. It’s about the people of Newfoundland and Labrador having a better life, a better tomorrow and a better opportunity to finally have the prosperity and hope that we’ve craved for so long. We seek to end the struggle, and end the history of hardship. Together we can make the change needed for a better tomorrow.

 
 

Founding Leadership

 
 
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leader

Graydon Pelley

Graydon Pelley is a husband, father, grandfather and teacher who currently lives in Deer Lake, NL with his wife of 34 years, Debbie. There, they both work as educators to help nurture the young minds of students at a local elementary school and seek to be a positive influence in their community as a whole.

Graydon graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador with a Bachelor of Education degree and has continued his learning in other areas such as Theology and Leadership, earning certificates in these fields from various institutions.

An active community member and volunteer for many years, Graydon has served on boards for the West Coast Senior Hockey League and the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Optometrists. He’s served on the Provincial Executive for Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association and shares his love for sports as a certified basketball official with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Basketball Officials.

Perhaps his biggest community involvement, though, has been his work to help the cause of child medicine in the province. Graydon currently sits as a Director of the Islaview Foundation, a charitable organization providing support for sick children and their families throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. He also founded and organizes an annual ‘Caring for Kids Walk,’ which has raised nearly $50,000 for the Janeway Children’s Hospital.

Aside from his professional and charitable work, Graydon has been an active political organizer and participant for many years. In addition to his own run for provincial politics in 2015, he’s led District Associations and campaigned for three former premiers. He was elected President of the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2016 and helped form the party’s new constitution and host a leadership race in 2018.

Frustrated with the current political system, however, Graydon resigned his presidency and membership of the PC Party in October 2018 and formed the NL Alliance; a new political movement with a desire to represent all people in Newfoundland and Labrador, remove a broken ‘party’ system, and be a viable alternative for those who seek real change in the political landscape.

Graydon’s work ethic centres around his desire for teamwork and the words of Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much."

Together, Graydon and Debbie have five adult children, a son-in-law and four grandchildren.

 
 
 
 
Todd Lee

Chief Financial Officer

Todd Lee

Todd Lee is married to Joy Lee and lives in Deer Lake on the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. An accountant for over 30 years, Todd has a designation of CPA, CA which he earned while living in St. John’s between 1985 and 1997, before moving to Deer Lake and starting his own accounting practice in 2000.

After building his accounting firm into a successful operation, Todd eventually sold his business in 2016 and retired from day-to-day accounting activities to focus on volunteerism, activism and other passions and hobbies outside the board room.

Throughout his professional career and now into retirement, Todd has served on many boards and committees in the not-for-profit sector including the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce, The Eric Normore Foundation and the Deer Lake Strawberry Festival. He has also served as a Director of the Deer Lake Regional Airport for the past 19 years, taking on various roles in that time, including Chairman of the Board for seven years. Today, Todd still sits on the board as past Chairman.

Todd’s desire and passion through NL Alliance is to see the people of this province fairly represented, and to ensure all elected officials have an equal voice in the legislature to bring the concerns of the people they represent to the table.

Perhaps Todd and Joy’s greatest passions, though, are their son, who resides in Victoria, BC, their daughter in Deer Lake, NL, and their two grandchildren, also in Deer Lake, NL.


 
 
Cathy Ivany

president

Cathy Ivany

Cathy Ivany is no stranger to getting the word out about a cause, service or product solution. Effecting change through NL Alliance is her latest challenge.

With over 40 years experience in sales, marketing and business development, Cathy’s career has taken her to great heights, involving countless projects in both the private and public sector. Cathy has worked with commercial and industrial businesses, not-for-profits, and government departments in Newfoundland and Labrador for decades, and has been recognized through awards on a local, national and international level.

In addition to her professional career, Cathy has volunteered on a number of boards and committees. She presently sits as a board member on the NL Occupational, Health & Safety Advisory Council.

While her professional life has been successful, Cathy considers her biggest success to be the raising of her daughter and son as a single parent. Today, she is retired and a grandmother who enjoys spending time with her family, working out at the gym and doing art classes.  Cathy lives with her partner, Gerry Ayre, who also has two sons and two grandchildren.


 
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secretary

Andrea Newbury

Andrea Newbury lives in Paradise with her husband and four children. She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador with an English Major and History minor and also focused studies in the areas of Linguistics and Psychology.

Her work experience has seen her hold positions with a major financial institution, as well as some time in the real estate industry. Since then, Andrea has stepped away from the corporate job market and moved on to her most important role yet: a full-time parent of their young children. Once all children have reached a school age, Andrea intends to return to the workforce to continue her career path once again.

Outside of her work in the office and at home, Andrea has been involved in supporting charities through fundraising and personal contributions. Her direct sales business has been a supporter of Iris Kirby House around Christmas the past two years, and she’s organized a vendor event that directly assisted with Ronald McDonald House in St. John’s.