Pick up the mantle

By Darren Lum

From an editorial last month, I wrote about how purpose can provide the motivation to start the day and find the resolve in the face of challenges.
Tired of how the government has been run? Ready to bring a vision and execute a plan for the community? What better way than by running for municipal politics, which has far reaching influence in all facets of life here for the next quarter of this century.
The Highlands face great challenges, whether it’s housing, the environment, or ensuring services are maintained despite growing personnel shortages. You can be part of the change. There is a watershed moment facing communities across Ontario, and there is an opportunity to be part of history by moving our communities forward.

With all the difficulties that come with the job, there is also fulfillment like nothing else, if we are to believe Dysart et al’s Mayor Andrea Roberts, who has decided to step away from politics after 16 years of service.
“This is my home. So, I think I’m just most proud of that I had the opportunity to serve my community in this way. It really isn’t any one event or thing. There’s lot and lots over the whole overall 16 years,” she said.
Like Roberts, Ward 2 Councillor Larry Clarke notified the news media he will not be running for re-election.
“Dysart, similar to most rural communities, is experiencing significant changes and challenges related to population growth, environment and support from upper levels of government. We have many talented people in this community who can bring skill and vision to council, but they do require time to research and consider the challenges and opportunities related to a position on council,” he said.
Clarke noted how Ward 2 is the largest in Dysart et al, with its 25 lakes, four active cottager associations and 217 roads/lanes. From 2018 information, he said the ward has 3,833 voters, including 1,539 who identify as permanent residents.

Receive invaluable information with tonight’s (April 26) candidate information session at 6:30 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion in Haliburton Branch 129, located at 719 Mountain Street. It is recommended for potential candidates, spouse or partner (and family members of potential candidates), and anyone interested in learning more about local government. The session will be led by Fred Dean, a municipal coach and former municipal solicitor who has been training members and heads of council since 2002. The session will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of municipal council members and explain how public office will affect life.

This event is being offered both in person as well as virtually. There is no registration required for in person attendance. To register virtually please visit www.dysartetal.ca/election/
“The next few months should provide some great opportunity for discussion on what our community could look like going forward,” Clarke said.
To take the general sentiment from encouraging people to donate blood, a community needs passion, it’s in us to give, so throw your hat in the ring. The opportunity will be coming with the upcoming municipal and school board election later this year on Monday, Oct. 24.

Important dates:
May 2 the candidate nomination period and third party advertiser registration period opens.
August 19 is nomination day – candidate nomination period closes at 2 p.m. Nominations are certified as of Aug. 22. If any, candidates elected by acclamation are declared.
Advanced voting period beginning Oct. 14. Voting can be performed via internet or telephone. Municipal elections are held every four years.