Candidate for North Stormont Coucillor
Foster Care Supervisor
1. What prompted your decision to run for council this time?
As an active member in my community of SD&G I was approached by a few constituents who felt I would be a good option at the municipal table. I took some time to deliberate if I was the right person for the job. I saw there was a large need for the demographic I represent in council. This, along with the tremendous support of my family, friends and local community, who helped me reach my needed nominations in under an hour, made the decision easy.
2. What are the key strengths you would bring to the job if elected?
If elected to council in North Stormont I bring a willingness to see concerns from a new perspective. I bring a fresh set of values that reflect that of the young modern family demographic I visually represent as well as a value system that is well grounded in the roots and history of our small rural villages and farm life. I have exceptional organizational and interpersonal skills. My career as a Social Worker supervising palliative care foster homes gives me a unique skills set. I problem solve complex issues and crisis that affect the daily lives of the most vulnerable sector of the population. This can be transferred into municipal work by finding creative solutions quickly for our constituents issues brought forward and sought out by myself to be proactive.
3. What are the top few issues that you see facing the Township?
Currently the municipal councils across Ontario are going to be facing a plethora of changes as we adjust to a new provincial government. We will need to work quickly as a council to ensure the needed adjustments are made in a cost effective and expedited manner to keep up with rate of modifications. We also, of course have ongoing issues to mediate including but certainly not limited to the potential wind turbine installation, the ongoing decrease of community volunteerism, the need to increase internet capacities in our area, the small business community requiring additional supports to attract new companies, and lastly the massive lacking of services to our aging, special needs and mental health residents.
4. Is there anything you hope to change in the Township?
If elected I hope to be part of a change in the recruitment of new active members of our communities. As North Stormont is a changing municipality seeing an increase of our older residents selling their larger family homes and farms and moving into our wonderful adult apartment facilities and young families moving to get away from the bigger cities. With this brings a need to create a feel of community to the new residents who may not have the family ties like others in the area. If elected I would meet with all community organizations who are interested in a municipal volunteer drive that would motivate an increase bodies to facilitate more recreation, sports, activities, programs for niche groups and fundraising that is needed to keep our North Stormont bustling and keeping our businesses booming.
5. How is your message being received during this campaign?
During my outreach to the local residents I have had extremely welcoming conversations regarding the needs, hopes and concerns of many people as I meet them in their homes, at community events, on social media and over the phone. Many people I have spoken to are happy to have a representative discussing issues regarding seniors. The has been much agreement of the displeasure of the wind turbine issues and my support for the termination of the contracts for North Stormont. I have been told it is very exciting to have a younger member of the community wanting to get involved as well as being a wife, mother, volunteer and small business owner allows them to feel that they can trust I will be able to handle whatever comes my way. Many enthusiastic residents have declared their vote for Councilor Curry!
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’?
I feel this is an important topic that I discussed on my Facebook campaign page as well. As all issues this one is multi-dimensional one. Both the concerns for community safety and our children need to be accounted for while balancing the opportunity for the business and tax revenue to the township. The feedback I received on my poll was a solid 70 percent of respondents felt it was more benefit to the community then a risk. The business that would be made available to our residents is clearly something the majority of the respondents would like to see.