Brooke-Alvinston Municipal Election


BROOKE-ALVINSTON MAYOR CANDIDATES:


JAMES ARMSTRONG


Personal: Married to Vickie for 25 years. 5 children all attended Brooke Central School and participated in Hockey and Baseball in Alvinston/Inwood. 4 grandchildren. Cash crop Farmer Operations coordinator at Suncor Sarnia refinery for 32 years. Retiring March 31, 2023. Owner of Armor’s Alehouse with wife Vickie since Dec 2014.
Volunteer: Coached hockey and baseball. Belong to Alvinston and Districts Optimist club, Alvinston Pro Rodeo, Alvinston Ag society and Alvinston Legion. Political Experience. 1 term on Brooke Alvinston Council. 7 years as LKDSB trustee. 4 years on the Suncor Employee bargaining association.
Mayoral platform: Fiscal responsibility. Continue improving municipal services. Improve communications to council. Collaboration and clear communication between council, staff, taxpayers, volunteer groups, stakeholders and neighboring municipalities. Propose to council to plan projects (with stakeholder input) so we have them ready for Federal and Provincial grants. IE walking trails, main street improvements, arena upgrades, infrastructure projects. Represent and respect council decisions on all votes and accept that they may differ from my own. Once a resolution has passed, ensure staff moves it along in a timely fashion. Represent Brooke-Alvinston at the county level. Propose to council that question period is brought back in. Focus on Employee retention. More council input on the budget (currently the budget is drafted and sent to council for approval). Propose that we begin a Brooke-Alvinston Inwood “Hall of Fame”. Communicate grant applications to council prior to application.


BROOKE-ALVINSTON COUNCILLOR CANDIDATES:


WAYNE DEAN


I was born and raised in Brooke Township, married to my wife Janet and we have raised three children on our farm just outside of Inwood. Although our children have grown up, we continue to enjoy going to the ballpark, arena and community events watching our six grandchildren participate. Our family has been raising and showing Clydesdale horses in Ontario for over 50 years. I have also been honored to judge the breed across Canada, and the U.S.A.
Employee of Bell Canada, Sarnia; and Can Grow Crop Solutions, Alvinston, On.
Coached minor baseball in Inwood; coached minor hockey in Alvinston
Past President of Brooke-Alvinston Watford Fall Fair (3 times)
Founding member of the Fall Fair Pie Auction for L.H.S.C. Children’s Hospital, raising over $200,000 in ten years.
Member of the Inwood Recreation Board (25yrs.)
Member of the Inwood Volunteer Fire Dept. (39 years)
Member of Royal Canadian Legion Alvinston Br. 249
Member of Committee of Adjustment for Brooke-Township
I am honored to have been able to represent the residents of Brooke-Alvinston for the past term. As a councillor and resident of Brooke-Alvinston it has been my goal to provide a balance between the needs and wants of our community. I believe that our rural community is fortunate to provide our residents with many services and I would like to see these services continue to grow and have the support that they require.
– Improvement to community parks and recreational facilities
– Backing of our community groups for the betterment of Brooke-Alvinston
– Support for our local Volunteer Fire Department
– General upkeep of the roads and towns in the municipality and in the farming community
I thank you for your past support and look forward to your continued support in representing the Brooke-Alvinston-Inwood Community. For more information please contact me at 519-844-2198


JEANNETTE DOUGLAS


My name is Jeannette Douglas and I am seeking my third term on Brooke-Alvinston Council. As a lifelong resident and active community leader, I understand firsthand the assets and potential our community has. I have raised my three children here, farmed alongside my late husband and now two sons. I am eager to ensure the community is prepared and welcoming to future generations, such as my four grandchildren Marc, Cole, Henry and Ruby. I have served in various leadership roles. For 32 years I worked for the County of Lambton as a Food Service Supervisor and then for Brookside Retirement in Watford. However, I understand that volunteers are the backbone of our community and I am always eager to lend a hand where I can. I have chaired the Canada Day celebration for many years, volunteered for the fair board, church, and helped organize free monthly lunches for the community. Our family and friends have also made it a tradition to organize a free community Christmas Dinner every Boxing Day. Donations have helped to support the Brooke-Alvinston Foodbank, school lunch program, local churches and many others. Brooke-Alvinston is a growing community with many new residents and new businesses. I would like to continue to support growth in our community.


GREG HILLIARD


Greg Hilliard and his wife moved to Alvinston in 2013 from London, Ontario. They were looking to get out of the city and put down some roots in a community with good values and great people. They quickly fell in love with the municipality of Brooke-Alvinston and later started a family. Their daughter was born in 2017 and now attends Brooke-Central Public School.
Like a lot of residents of Brooke-Alvinston, Greg had to commute out of town for work. Being a hard worker, he would come home after a long day to only start working again in his garage. With a lot of long nights, and the support and sacrifices of his wife and daughter, what started out as a hobby quickly grew to become a full time job. Greg quit his job in 2019 to start his own business and open a mechanical shop. After 3 years, Fully Tek Mechanical has become a permanent fixture in the town of Watford, Ontario.
In his limited spare time he is an amateur historian, scuba diver and hunter. Time spent in the woods surrounding this community have shown him how special and biodiverse his home actually is. Greg is passionate about protecting this resource for his children and future generations.
He believes in fiscal responsibility and providing value for every tax dollar collected. He recognizes there is only one taxpayer, whether they are paying federal, provincial or municipal taxes and believes that every dollar should be spent or saved as if it were the last. He believes politics should be carried out in a respectful manner. Even more importantly, every politician must respect the voices of the people they represent, especially when the opinions of those voices don’t necessarily align with their own. He is not afraid to get his hands dirty, whether he is elbows deep in a greasy engine or passionately defending the best interests of the community. Other candidates may insist that big changes need to come to Brooke-Alvinston but Greg says let’s stop for a second and look at what makes this community so special and change is often not for the better.


DON MCCABE


Don McCabe is a no-till corn, soybean and wheat farmer south of Inwood and currently serves as the chair of Biological Carbon Canada. Don Is a director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada also. Don served as the Ontario Federation of Agriculture President for two years between 2014 and 2016. Don represented the members of Lambton and Middlesex Counties as a board member throughout his entire tenure as an OFA director.
During this period, Don was active with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the North American Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance. Don retains his activity in NACSAA and interest in international climate change activities and policy. With doctorate studies in soil genesis and classification from the University of Guelph and a chemistry degree from the University of Western Ontario, Don has become a leading advocate for environmental farm stewardship in the areas of air, water, biodiversity and climate change. Don has had the opportunity to present at meetings both locally and globally on topics such as environmental goods and services from agriculture, renewable energy, and feedstock supply from the farm gate to the bio product’s industry gate. During these presentations, Don makes sure to focus on the farmers’ needs and abilities to meet emerging markets, while ensuring proper soil management and sustainability.
Don McCabe is a Past Fire Chief to the Inwood Fire Department. He has been involved with the Brooke-Alvinston Watford Fall Fair and briefly an Alvinston Optimist member. Don is running for councillor to Brooke-Alvinston. He is concerned with the continuing erosion of provincial and federal funds for rural Ontario. The impact on the area’s infrastructure, roads and services is a concern for future growth of the municipality. The rich landscape of Brooke-Alvinston needs proper roads, and related infrastructure for all of its residents.


ADDITIONAL CANDIDATES: VANESSA BENOIT, LES DOUGLAS, FRANK NEMCEK, JENNY REDICK, CRAIG SANDERS – NO BIO SUBMITTED.