Lisa Post – Councillor Candidate Town of Orangeville
How long have you been an Orangeville Resident?
I was born in Orangeville in 1979 and our family moved out west in 1981. We moved back to Orangeville in 1993 and I have never left. After getting married, my husband Mike and I made the decision to stay in Orangeville to raise our family because of our love for the community.
What would you change and/or improve in Orangeville?
My platform focuses on 3 key areas; Smart Spending, Collaboration and Community. It’s no secret that property taxes in Orangeville are extremely high and while I don’t believe that much can be done to lower taxes at this point, I believe that there is a huge opportunity to find ways to be leaner in our spending to ensure that our tax dollars are harder at work. In addition, I believe that more needs to be done to ensure we are proactively planning for large future expenditures. I am passionate about collaboration; within council chambers, with our residents and with our neighbouring municipalities and this is a key area that needs attention. We are fortunate to live in a great community with a small-town vibe. Community is an important part my platform because it is important that we continue to strive to maintain our community spirit through events, focusing on our vibrant arts and culture and ensuring that every resident feels deeply connected to Orangeville.
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Orangeville, what would you do with it and why?
Oh, there are so many things I would love to accomplish with a million-dollar grant such as roads and other infrastructure, but if I could be wishful, and have a bit of fun with it, I would love to create a community fund. I know from experience that it is extremely challenging the first year of an event to find funders and sponsors to pull it all together. After a successful first year, it is much easier in the years to come! I would love to encourage more residents and more special interest groups to find ways to engage the community through events and with a community fund, interested persons or groups could apply for a start-up grant to get them going!
What is your favourite place in Orangeville and why?
Honestly, I don’t know that I could pick just one! Being a long-time resident, there are so many places that have special meaning to me. My husband and I were engaged at Kay-Cee Gardens during Christmas in the Park and a few months later, we were married in the same spot – so that park will always be one of my favourite places! I also absolutely adore our downtown core…especially during events like Blues and Jazz, Celebrate Your Awesome, Taste of Orangeville and so many more! There is something so fantastic about seeing Broadway and Mill Street bustling with families who are having fun and visiting all of our great local shops and restaurants. I am also very connected to our Opera House – my daughter and I have spent a great deal of time there over the years as she was a participant in a number of shows both with Orangeville Music Theatre and TOYS.
I have been a proud resident of Orangeville for 25 years. My husband, Mike and I have two great kids, Braedon (18) and Charley (12). I have almost 20 years of experience in retail management and in 2017, I decided to leave the retail world to start my own business, Written Works, where I offer freelance writing services. I also operate a blog, In My Humble Opinions, which began shortly after the 2014 election and served to keep residents informed about the happenings at Town Council meetings and other community information. I am active in the community as the current co-chair of Hospice Dufferin as well as serving as a board member for Community Living Dufferin and Community Safety Partners. I am on the organizing committee for Celebrate Your Awesome and a member of the Town’s Arts & Culture Committee.