Kevin Corrigan Regional Councillor Candidate Ward 2 ( Town of Caledon)
How long have you been a Caledon Resident?
My wife and I have lived in Caledon for the past 23 years. In fact, we were married on this property, and we currently share it with a border collie named Briagh (she was a rescue) and our two horses (Mikey, a Hackney who was born on the property and belonged to the previous owners, and Holly our Shetland / Miniature cross we purchased to keep him company).
What would you change and/or improve in Caledon?
We’d probably all like to see Caledon stay its charming old self but, unfortunately that’s not possible. Change is coming to Caledon whether we like it or not. We can’t halt progress, all we can do is try to manage it properly. Personally, I feel we should encourage newcomers to embrace all of what Caledon has to offer. We are rich in diversity (towns/villages/glorious trails/landscapes) and we’re a community which stands together. We should be proud of our town and promote it at every opportunity.
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Caledon, what would you do with it and why?
I often feel that residents care too little for local politics. In fact, many possibly couldn’t tell you who their local councillor is, unless it was approaching election time. That’s somewhat sad but understandable in the sense that we all live busy lives today. Yet ask most people what troubles them and plenty will answer “Roads & Traffic”. So with that very generous, though imaginary grant, I would look for viable solutions to our current traffic issues and, with any money left over, I would attempt to repair as many roads as possible. They won’t all be renewed, not with $1m, but as best a possible (not simply a shovel full of asphalt thrown into the potholes). In my opinion, this town needs a more common sense approach to its budgeting – First the bread & butter, then, if there’s money left over you can add the jam & cream.
What is your favourite place in Caledon and why?
Come on, the other questions were easy. This is the difficult one! Caledon fortunately boasts so many great destinations. We have a whole plethora of local wineries / Breweries / Cider producers, and restaurants/cafes/coffee shops, and that’s before I even start to mention arts/crafts/farm stores. In fact, if I were to continue on with each & every wonderful Caledon destination, we’d be here all day. However, if you nail my feet to the floor and because it’s located in my ward, The Brampton Flight Centre on McLaughlin Road. Why? Living nearby, I watch those glorious biplanes fly over our property and marvel at the history behind them. If you’ve never visited, I urge you to! Its home to the Great War Flying Museum and boasts a wonderful restaurant (I personally recommend the breakfast menu). It’s a great Caledon destination, especially when they hold special event days.
A bit of a read perhaps but, I believe that wide-ranging work/life experience is important for council and that voters deserve the whole story.
I was born in the City of London (UK) yet raised on farm from the age of 11. Yes, I know how to milk a cow and I’ve won awards for sheep shearing.
I started my working career as an apprentice auto technician. Upon completion, I went into the family building business where I trained as a clay tile and natural slate roofer under the guidance of the Federation of Master Builders. So yes, I know the trades and how hard those people work.
Upon moving to Canada in the late 80s I returned to my first love, the automotive world. First, managing detailing stores specializing in auto show work for the car manufacturers. I then went on to become Sales/General Manager of three public auto auctions and, after four years spent as the Sales Manager for the largest towing company in North America, I decided to start my own automotive business in Caledon specializing in luxury British automobiles. During this time I worked for, and became close friends, with many of my customers including TV Host Dini Petty, Musician Dave Bradstreet and Caledon’s very own film director, Norman Jewison. In fact, one of my proudest possessions is a signed biography of Norman’s with the inscription, “To Kevin, with admiration & respect”.
It was while doing this that I was approached by a local publication and asked to contribute automotive reviews and I’ve been working in the auto journalism field for the past fifteen years evaluating new products and covering automotive news stories. The media world has been good to me – I have successfully completed a number of advanced driving courses, traveled the world (watching & learning as I went) and can now say that I have driven on over 40 race tracks both here in North America and throughout Europe. I’ve experienced some of the finest automotive products available today and have enjoyed every moment of it.
But now it is time for me to turn my attention to something else which is very close to my heart, and that’s the town which I’ve called home for the past 23 years. My wife and I (plus our border collie & two horses) live on the same property that we purchased all those years ago. In fact, we were married on this property. We love it here in Caledon and it is now time for me to step up to the plate and prove that.
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