A Fresh Voice that speaks from Experience
I am pleased and honoured to announce my candidacy for the position of Councillor for the Town of The Blue Mountains.
As editor of The Courier-Herald and its predecessor, the Valley Courier, for 28 years, I covered hundreds of Town Council and committee meetings and gained tremendous insight into the issues related to our community. I have continued to keenly follow the issues facing our community.
I got to see municipal government from the inside when I served as acting Communications and Economic Development Coordinator for the Town. During this time, I met with many community groups including business people, farmers, youth, seniors, charitable organizations, and many more. With help from a local business, I developed an email system that allowed the town to engage effectively with interested citizens.
My experiences in community service give me a unique perspective on our town. These include:
Founding president of the Marsh Street Centre
Member of various volunteer municipal committees including Craigleith Heritage Depot Advisory Committee, Housing Committee, CAUSE Committee, Recreation Committee (Town of Thornbury)
First Chair of the Beaver Valley Community School Community Advisory Committee
Member of the steering committee for the preservation of the Craigleith Depot
Member of The Blue Mountains Sustainable Path steering committee
Volunteer for Thornbury Community Theatre, Marsh Street Centre, Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, Centurion Cycling events, Beaver Valley Athletic Association
Fundraising for Beaver Valley Arena, LE Shore Memorial Library, and Beaver Valley Community Centre
Order of The Blue Mountains for volunteer contributions to arts and culture
Award of Special Merit from The Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce 2003
Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International (although not a Rotarian
Born and raised in St. Catharines, I studied journalism at Niagara College and worked in Port Colborne and Meaford before moving to Thornbury in 1981 to become editor of the Valley Courier and its successor, The Blue Mountains Courier-Herald.
My wife Linda, a native of Thornbury who is also active in the community, have been married for 34 years.
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Rob, centre, with wife Linda, received the Paul Harris Fellowship from Thornbury-Clarksburg Rotary for his years of service to the community as editor of local newspapers and as a volunteer and friend of Rotary.