With this election, I am committing myself to serving the people of Lincoln by representing constituents in Ward 4, which covers a large and diverse area in the center of town. It’s an impressive land mass from Lake Ontario in the north, through the Niagara Escarpment, Campden, to its most southerly extent at Spring Creek Road, east of Beamsville from Sann Road, and west of Vineland from Victoria Avenue.
Anyone who is old enough to remember life here before 1970 when the town was created, would certainly be familiar with old Clinton Township which was part of Lincoln County, from which the town derives its name. As time went on, new neighbourhoods have sprouted, such as Heritage Village, Vinehaven, Rittenhouse, and a mobile home community called the “Trailer Court”, each with its own identity and signature lifestyle.
Ward 4 is also home to some of the best fruit growing land in Canada, and wineries have been dotting the landscape for more than four decades. It’s a picturesque setting, with patterned vineyards and orchards, accented with architectural samplings from the Victorian era to the present. This is the rich heritage and culture into which I was fortunate enough to have been born and raised, with well over a century of family roots here.
A little bit about me: Having been raised in a stable family, I was always close to the soil, and worked on farms as a teenager. Scouting was very popular when I was growing up, and activities such as hiking the Bruce Trail, camping at Ball’s Falls or Beamsville Kinsmen Park, canoeing along the Welland and Grand Rivers exposed me to nature and the importance of preserving our environment. My early interest in politics came to fruition when I was elected to Student Council while attending Beamsville District Secondary School.
Following this, I earned 2 university degrees, with a post-graduate year in Europe, while living in the hills of Tuscany. I have had an eventful career that has taken me across Canada and parts of the U.S., ranging from graphic design & advertising, print and porcelain collectables trade, historical murals, and architectural restoration consulting.
All along, I never forgot my community, and over the years have volunteered my time on several boards and committees such as Lincoln Municipal Heritage Committee, Jordan Historical Museum Board of Trustees, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, and the Rotary Club of Lincoln.
These experiences have prepared me for a new journey on Lincoln Council. I have already begun asking citizens about what concerns them most, and they are beginning their response by saying NO to an increase in taxes. Many of the constituents of Ward 4 are seniors who are on a fixed income, and some have health and mobility issues. They deserve to live a fulfilling life that is safe, free of fears and excessive noise, and in a town that provides essential services when they need them. As well, youth in our town need to be aware of opportunities to get involved.