I've lived in Cannington now for about twenty years. My wife Lisa and I moved to Cannington from Toronto (and you couldn't pay me to move back). My wife and I moved to Cannington after we married since we knew we wanted to start a family and we wanted to raise them in a friendly and comfortable community. We also wanted a home with some land to it and knew we could never find or afford that in Toronto. I have two great boys who currently attend Brock High School with my oldest son about to venture off to university in the fall.
I am a professional accountant holding a CPA and CMA designation. I have my own accounting practice with offices in Cannington and Orillia Ontario. I always believe in giving back to the community which is why our offices support community events through sponsorships and donations. Our office also does much work for charities and non-profits at heavily discounted or donated rates.
Organizations past and present that I have volunteered with include:
Cannington Lions Club. Current Treasurer and Past President
1st Cannington Scout Group. Current Treasurer and Past Cub Leader
Chair of the Georgian College Accounting Program Advisory Committee
Member of The Executive Council of The Brock Board of Trade. Current Treasurer (Note: rules require that I resign if elected to public office)
Cannington and Area Historical Society. Past Treasurer
Brock Township Library Board (during term of Council 2010-2014)
Community Foundation of Orillia and Area. Past Treasurer and member of Board of Directors
CPA Canada's Financial Literacy Volunteer Program
My interests include, or have included, camping, cycling, baseball, sci-fi, cooking and grilling, relaxing on the deck, and finding time to improve our property as well as find new ways to kill weeds (I know sometimes it does not show).
In responsible governments at all levels.
That the property taxes we pay should be manageable and should not force people to either move away or not move to Brock in the first place.
We should have leaders who are actually willing to lead and not be lead or manipulated by agendas.
Council members must do their homework and not depend only on Township staff to give them the "facts".
Council members must always question what is put before them and not be afraid to "stir the pot".
Members of Council have a responsibility to everyone in Brock Township as well as The Township as a whole and not only to the people who live in their Ward.
Sometimes you have to say "no"
It's not necessarily always smart to spend a dollar so you can get thirty cents (think about it).
We are a small but fantastic community. While we have great potential it's not always necessary to be something you're not and certainly we don't have to be what everyone else is.
There is nothing wrong with setting the standard instead of constantly comparing ourselves to others and letting them be the standard
Everyone in Brock Township has the right to question their elected representatives regardless of who their employer is.
Council members should not "tow the line" or be a "company man/woman". Council members are not elected to be Township cheerleaders. If there is something wrong with policy or decisions of Council then members do have the right to state that belief and let their constituents know.
Elected representatives have an obligation to communicate. Like any other person, members of Council have (or should have) opinions on issues and they have a responsibility to let their constituents know those opinions
Knowledge and the willingness to find it and expand on it is what will solve problems along with a healthy dose of courage.
Brock Township has a strong history of community and volunteerism which is endangered by the speed and demands of life nowadays. Our Township can and should assist in strengthening this attribute of our communities while doing so in a way that does not cause undue burdens on our residents and non-profit groups.