Vision for Carleton Place
Dear Citizens of our Community,
After receiving encouragement and support from so many of you, I was both proud and delighted to announce my goal of becoming Mayor of our Town of Carleton Place.
I am excited about the prospect of leading our Council and Community at this time of unprecedented growth and change. How we as a community meet the challenges and opportunities that this growth and change present will set the course of the future of our community for decades to come. Council must create a climate where we deal with growth in a thoughtful, affordable, planned way, backed by the stability of our already established community, well-run by an excellent staff.
In the Strategic Plan of 2008, our community’s citizens identified, as issues of significance, health and emergency services especially our hospital, our youth, the environment, affordable housing, the arts, recreation, and accessibility. I believe that these are closely linked to economic development and are of equal importance. Protecting and nurturing our small-town values and sense of community continue to be a priority for me.
It is imperative that citizens, business people, industry leaders, town staff, and politicians work together for the good of the community, and that all voices be heard. No one person or group has all the ideas. I strongly believe that through consultation, collaborative effort and partnerships, we have the strength and capacity to meet the needs of all people who make up our community.
A key issue in this election will be that of leadership. Over the course of my teaching career and my work as a politician and community volunteer, I have had many opportunities to serve in a leadership role. Crucial to my success as a leader is the ability to surround myself with smart people and maximize their potential, the courage to acknowledge and learn from my mistakes and move on, and the uncompromising dedication to serve, without personal gain, the people and organizations that I work with.
Over the next few months, I will be meeting and listening to you as you share with me your vision of our wonderful Community and as I unfold my platform. I look forward to continuing to serve you as Mayor of Carleton Place following the October 25th election.