Michael John Morrison was born on February 11, 1946 and was raised in the Miramichi. Upon marrying his wife Janice, the two moved to the community of Derby just outside the city of Miramichi. He still lives there today and has raised three children, Robbie, Michael Shawn, and Angelia. “Mike”, as his friends know him, made his name known in the community through his achievements in football, curling, baseball, and hockey. Later in life, he became a respected member of the community through his accomplishments in his career in the local pulp and paper industry.
Mike attended Harkins High School and worked with the local grocery store during his youth. He worked as a labourer sorting lumber at Anderson’s lumber mill during his summers as a student. Following graduation from High School in 1966, he went to work in various departments at the mill under Fraser Companies. In 1973, he took a leave from work and attended trade school in Fredericton studying steam fitting and pipe fitting while married with a son. When he returned in 1974, he worked under O&M until 1980 when he was offered the position as maintenance coordinator with Boisie Cascade. When the mill became Repap Enterprises, he became supervisor for maintenance to organize and work with the construction crew on the multi-million dollar expansion and building of the “A1” paper machine. He organized training, headed crew selections, and overlooked the start up of equipment. He then prepared the team to take over in July of 1986. He was promoted in 1987 to maintenance superintendent and was to oversee the operation of the paper machine. In 1988, he was asked to head the phase two implementation of the duplicate “A2” paper machine. He juggled the obligations of the “A1” operations and simultaneously worked on the expansion and building of the “A2” paper machine. In December of 1989 the second phase paper machine started up successfully. He worked in his position as maintenance superintendent for a 13-year time span until January of 2003 when he officially retired. During his career he faced many challenges in being a team leader, project coordinator, and organizing operations.
Over the years, Mike has met and earned the respect of many in the community through his involvement in local activities. He coached Minor Hockey for 21 years and even won some Provincial Championships. During his time of coaching, he also played as a goaltender. In 1983, he was one of six directors on the Miramichi to organize the AAA hockey program. In 1985, he coached the AAA team in Caraquet, NB for one year. After twenty years and many championship titles, the program still exists today and remains successful. He was also a member of the Minor Baseball Association to help build the present day program.
Mike’s interest in politics has accelerated in the last few years and since his retirement from UPM-Kymmene Inc. He has been a member of various boards, the latest being the Planning and Appeal Board of the Province of New Brunswick. He served as a campaign member for the Southwest Miramichi provincial party for 2003. Under his direction as Poll Captain, his poll received the highest results for the conservatives out of the last three provincial elections. He also is a member of the board for the Southwest Miramichi Riding and currently holds the position of the boards Secretary.
Morrison 2004 Campaign Headquarters
369 McKenna Ave, Miramichi, NB E1V 1A7