I am a proud resident of Shelburne and a father of 2 children. Since coming to Shelburne and eventually joining Council, I have worked hard to make this town prosperous for all!
As a growing community, we all have a responsibility to ensure that Shelburne remains a welcoming, inclusive and safe town to raise a family while having the necessary infrastructure and resources to support our growth. I believe we can accomplish this and more when we are working together! My vision for Shelburne is grand but achievable! It includes maintaining our local Fire, Police and EMS services. Our first responders are not just service providers but they are our friends and neighbors who care deeply about our community! It’s my committment to canvass ways in which we can keep our first responders in town for years to come. My platform includes establishing and maintaining a vibrant Arts and Culture scene. This can be accomplished by utilizing Grace Tipling Hall, Fiddle Park and other venues to attract world class entertainment. This initiative will bring much needed tourism revenue to our town and will provide a direct economic benefit to our local bussiness. When it comes to recreational opportunities in Shelburne, I will support local organizations, seek private/public funding options and will work with our larger corporate partners to create and fund recreational programs for our youths and seniors. On the issue of employment, I will continue my work with the Georgian Youth Jobs Program and other agencies to ensure our children can work and earn a fair income. It is also important that all of our residents have the chance to pursue meaningful career opportunities right here in Shelburne. As a result, it is my plan to work closely with the town’s Economic Development Committee to attract new industries. The future of Shelburne must include a plan to address the rising cost of new homes and the impact on our seniors. As such, I will work with developers to secure affordable and accessible housing for seniors who wish to remain in Shelburne. When it comes to healthcare, having access to medical resources is critical in a developing commmunity. According to the 2016 Census, Shelburne is the fastest growing town in Ontario and the second fastest growing town in Canada. Because of the rapid growth, I firmly believe residents must have convenient access to healthcare facilities, educational programming and medical equipment such as x-ray and ultrasound scans right here in town. To achieve this, I will continue my work with Headwaters President and CEO Stacey Daub who recently agreed to hold a town hall event in Shelburne this fall. The purpose of the town hall is to provide information on the healthcare services available and to obtain feedback from residents on what services are still required. On the issue of transportation, my platform includes ending the public transit woes that currently restrict our residents from connecting with neighboring communities.