October 18th Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Meeting

October 18, 2011 (Check on delivery)
Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to be here this morning to speak with you about the economic present and future of our community as part of Salute to Small Business Month here in Ontario.  We are all aware that 75% of our working force from Carleton Place travels the highway to Ottawa daily, but it is the remaining 25% that your small businesses employ… your businesses are the backbone of our community and I want you to know that we appreciate and want to support you. [Read more...]

Inaugural Address – December 14, 2010

Good evening, Deputy Mayor, Members of Council, members of the public, and members of our Town Administration. To begin this evening, I would like to thank everyone once again for their support, and tell you that I am honoured to have been elected to the position of Mayor of Carleton Place. Your votes were a clear indication that you wanted your public officials to restore transparency and trust in the effective administration of this Town.  You can be assured that during my term as Mayor, I will personally uphold a high standard of ethical conduct, and I will at all times put public interest ahead of personal gain.  I am very  confident that all members of this Council will conduct themselves in the same manner while they represent our community. Since the election of October 25th I have spoken to residents, and have had time to reflect upon past achievements, and future challenges before this Council.  I have had frank discussions with senior members of the Town administration, and I have personally met with all members of Council to determine their interests and to seek their advice on issues.  [Read more...]

All Candidates Meeting – October 13th, 2010

Opening Remarks Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you for your patience.  It’s been a long night and you have heard a lot of information from many candidates. So, let’s get right to the point. On October 6th, after much consultation with you and your friends and neighbors, I unveiled our Community Plan for Carleton Place.  This plan reflects your concerns and your interests and covers economic development, re-development of our hospital, annexation, taxation, the environment, quality of life, and seniors and youth.  You can read about it on my website and in both community newspapers this week.  Information packages have also been made available at my table. And as always, I welcome your comments.  [Read more...]

A Community Plan for Carleton Place – October 6th, 2010

Check against delivery. October 6, 2010 “A Community Plan for Carleton Place” Good evening friends, neighbors, supporters and of course, potential supporters.  And hello to any new residents of Carleton Place who have joined me here tonight. Welcome to the launch of my Community Plan for Carleton Place. I am pleased that so many of you have turned out this evening, and I hope, when you leave here tonight, you will tell YOUR friends and neighbors who couldn’t be here, how together we are going to encourage the residents of our town, to be part of the  decision-making process for our community. [Read more...]

Excerpt from Wendy’s Campaign Kick-off Speech at the Carleton Place Curling Club

People often ask who are you running against?  Let me say right from the beginning, I am not running against anyone or anything – I am running FOR the community.  I am running for the good of the entire community – youth and seniors, families and singles, owners and renters, retirees, people who work in town and out of town, people who find themselves unemployed, those who own businesses and those who work for them. I am running for a balanced community where the needs and interests of various groups from the arts community to service groups to active sportspeople can all be met.  I am running for open and transparent government, I am running for a Council which works together as a team for the good of the community, I am running for the mayor being a presence at the town hall during the week and at Council meetings, and at community events.
People often ask who are you running against? Let me say right from the beginning, I am not running against anyone or anything – I am running FOR the community. I am running for the good of the entire community – youth and seniors, families and singles, owners and renters, retirees, people who work in town and out of town, people who find themselves unemployed, those who own businesses and those who work for them. I am running for a balanced community where the needs and interests of various groups from the arts community to service groups to active sportspeople can all be met. I am running for open and transparent government, I am running for a Council which works together as a team for the good of the community, I am running for the mayor being a presence at the town hall during the week and at Council meetings, and at community events.