Asked why he made the decision to run for the New Democratic Party (NDP) in the Kelvington-Wadena constituency in the provincial election this spring, Danny Hiscock said, “It was born of the need to do something to support the families and individuals who are suffering due to cuts in services.”
Hiscock is a well-known and respected school counsellor with the Horizon School Division. His service to young people and families has given him the experience and insight to see what is needed in communities throughout the area.
Hiscock’s history, as provincial NDP leader Cam Broten said in a word, is “inspiring.” Once an at-risk youth, he knows what life is like without the support of families or elders, and that has given him the gift of compassion for those he meets. His years of service in Canada’s Armed Forces have instilled in him a sense of duty and respect for others, no matter their status.
As a school counsellor, Hiscock is well aware of the cuts in services and how they affect the families and children he counsels. He would like to see the “human infrastructure” built before the physical infrastructure. This led him to consider a position as child youth advocate, as maybe that could be the door that would allow him to make the changes he believes are necessary. In a chance meeting with a local NDP supporter, Hiscock’s ideas were discussed, and later a chat with Broten made him sit down with his wife Valerie to discuss the offer of nomination.
“To do something like this, one needs time,” he said, and as he has most weekends and evenings free, he is sure he can accomplish the tasks ahead. When asked what those tasks are, he pointed out that cutbacks in schools, First Nations issues and senior’s issues would be on the agenda.
When pressed over exactly what the issues are, he replied, “A lot of businesses find it hard to employ reliable help. Families end up moving because of not being able to either house their parents close by or to have a house large enough for them to live-in.
“Families in some areas find it really difficult to cope with the cuts in services — for example, special needs assistants for their child — and end up having to move.”
Hiscock expressed concerns for the substandard living conditions some families and individuals have to cope with in the private sector, with landlords refusing to make the most basic of repairs.
“You need families and people to make a social infrastructure. Once you start getting that in place, then the physical infrastructure will follow. Without people, there is nothing.”
Hiscock lives with his wife at North Shore Fishing Lake. They have a son, who works with the Yorkton Film Festival. Hiscock enjoys outdoor pursuits, renovating classic cars and spending time with his family. He has been a counsellor with Horizon School Division for 10 years.
By Andy Labdon