Grant Peters – Councillor Candidate Town of Orangeville
How long have you been an Orangeville Resident?
My family and I have lived in Orangeville since 2010, when my business partner and I chose to relocate our engineering firm to this great town. My wife and I have two children, aged 9 and 8, and we intend to remain in Orangeville for the long term.
What would you change and/or improve in Orangeville?
Orangeville needs to improve the level of communication with its citizens. Throughout my canvassing, I have spoken to people that have trouble navigating the Town website, interpreting Council documents, and staying up-to-date with program availability. The Town has many great programs and initiatives – these need to reach the citizens to provide maximum value to the community. People deserve to know about the decisions that impact them and how to participate in voicing their opinions. Increased participation and engagement of our citizens will drive positive change.
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Orangeville, what would you do with it and why?
Aligning with my goal of approaching decisions with a long-term view, I would spend the grant money on improving the energy efficiency of our Town facilities. Orangeville owns and operates a significant portfolio of buildings, all of which continue to age. With energy prices on the rise, utility bills and operating costs can be tackled through investment in our facilities. These upgrades will provide economic payback for the citizens while improving quality of service.
What is your favourite place in Orangeville and why?
My favourite place in Orangeville is the Farmer’s Market. Where else can you bump into friends, grab a delicious snack, meet local vendors, and stock your fridge with healthy produce all in one stop? The market showcases the best of Orangeville, including the beautiful downtown, the connection to nature and agriculture, and of course the people.
Grant Peters is a dedicated father, business owner, engineer, and volunteer. Grant has been involved in the community ever since he and his family decided to put down roots in Orangeville 8 years ago. Not long after, he encouraged his mother to move here as well, knowing it is a great community for seniors.
Grant was recently nominated for a Friends of the Credit Conservation Award for Outstanding Volunteer. This nomination came as a result of significant community involvement, including OSAT and CVC initiatives.
Grant stays active through local recreational activities (baseball, curling, flag football, frisbee – not all at once!), and you can also catch Grant hiking, skiing, or riding his bicycle around town – look for the bright yellow helmet. Grant has also been known to play a board game or two…