Candidate for South Stormont Councillor
Eric Earle DePass.
58 years old.
Civil Aviation Safety Inspector – employed by Transport Canada in Ottawa
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
As a resident of St. Andrews since 1996, my family of three grown children and wife of 33 years have really enjoyed living and being an integral part of South Stormont. I feel it now time to become more involved in the governance of this beautiful part of Canada.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
· A proven ability to work with others.
· The knowledge and skills to lead teams and discussions when required.
· A great family man and father;
· I was instrumental in coordinating the St Andrews North South Recreational Trail;
· Instrumental in keeping the Postal service in St. Andrews West;
· Holds the rank of Lieutenant within the Air Cadets – Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC);
· Past Glider Pilot for the Eastern Ontario Air Cadet Gliding Centre;
· I am an active fixed-wing pilot for the Air Cadet Squadrons of Cornwall, Lancaster and Alexandria;
· The current President of the Cornwall Flying Club;
· A member of the Canadian Owners & Pilots Association (COPA);
· Past President and member of the Seaway Valley Amateur Radio Club Inc.;
· Provides Amateur Radio communications for the Raisin River Canoe Races, Bike-a-Thon for the Children’s Treatment Centre, the MS Society bike run and the Canadian Ski Marathon;
· Emergency Coordinator for the SD&G Amateur Radio Emergency Services organization;
· Delegated Examiner for Amateur Radio;
· Facilitated the provision of radio and Internet communications for the Int’l Ploughing Match (IPM), September 2015, Finch, Ontario;
· Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cornwall;
· Member of the “Au Diapason” Chess organization;
· Past President of the Seaway Toastmasters Club of Cornwall;
· Past President and current member of the Transport Canada Toastmasters Club in Ottawa.
· Past Area Governor of Toastmasters International
· A member of the Knights of Columbus where I am the current Director of Community Programs, Ontario KofC
· Past District Deputy KofC
· Past Director of the KofC Alexandria-Cornwall Diocesan Association
· Past Grand Knight, St. Andrews KofC
· Past Spelling Bee Coordinator for Cornwall
· Past member – Optimist Club of Forest Park.
3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the Township?
· The need to keep taxes at a reasonable level, and,
· The need to maintain and increase the current good level of services currently in place.
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the Township?
I intend to:
· Increase the visibility of council meetings.
· Always communicate openly;
· Be a strong liaison between the community and the Township;
· Promote growth and development of new and existing businesses;
· Be a team player on the South Stormont council;
· Provide skills, insight and make a difference to the residents using strong values and clear vision;
· Maintain integrity, consistency and communicate clearly at the council table;
· Keep taxes to a reasonable level;
· Support additional housing for seniors;
· Address farmers concerns and needs;
· Support after-school daycare facilities;
· Maintain Amateur Radio Emergency Services for Township’s emergencies;
· Improve services to all residents of South Stormont;
· Promote new residents moving to South Stormont;
· Promote additional entertainment and recreation services within the Township.
5. How is your message being received during this campaign?
· Very well. I am receiving many requests for signs.
· Several are wishing me good luck!
6. Voting begins on Oct. 17 — ironically the day of marijuana legalization. The new council will have to decide soon if your municipality will permit storefront cannabis sales, or opt out altogether. Should your municipality allow pot shops or ‘just say no’?
· We need to have a collaborative approach with others in the county to ensure that the approach of the Township of South Stormont is consistent. This will require discussions with neighbouring towns and villages to ensure we are in line with what others are doing.