Sandy Brown – Mayoral Candidate Town of Orangeville
How long have you been an Orangeville Resident?
I have lived in Orangeville for 26 years. We have raised our two sons in this wonderful community and are very happy to have found this gem of a town in Southern Ontario. Just the right size with enough amenities to please most people – and close enough to the big city excitement – if you are so inclined.
What would you change and/or improve in Orangeville?
I think we need to lessen the tax burden on residents – there are several cost saving initiatives that could free up significant dollars. My personal wish would be to see increase opportunity for our youth with respect to job opportunities and recreational pursuits. I think we need to rethink some of the Parks and Rec dollars being spent and look at promoting recreational programs that have broader appeal and lower entry costs for participants – hockey is expensive and hockey participation is declining. Is there an opportunity to repurpose one of our arenas for to accommodate 4 season play of lacrosse, basketball, soccer. How about a rock climbing wall? I would also like to see a County Long Term Care facility built in Orangeville to allow residents to “Age in Place” instead of being shipped off to another town or county when they need family support.
If you were to receive a million dollar grant for the Town of Orangeville, what would you do with it and why?
What would I do with a $1,000,000 grant? I would put it towards a Skilled Trades Training Centre. Many of my friends and acquaintances are skilled trades persons – carpenters, electricians, plumbers, tool and die, machinists etc., etc. They like what they are doing – they earn a good living – have time to give back to their communities. The interesting thing about construction skilled trades is that you can’t export those jobs like you can with IT jobs. I see a collaboration between the provincial gov’t, county and local gov’t, high schools, community colleges and employers looking to hire properly trained workers.
What is your favourite place in Orangeville and why?
My favourite place in Orangeville is not in Orangeville. But, its across the road! – I’m talking about Island Lake Conservation Area. I love the bridge and trail system – when you get to the east side of the property – it’s hard to believe that you are 5 minutes from Orangeville – it feels more like Muskoka. As a member of “Friends of Island Lake” I also put my time and effort where my mouth is – to help fundraise and participate in events to keep Island Lake the beautiful asset that it is for Orangeville and Dufferin County.
Like many of you, Orangeville is my chosen home, having moved here 26 years ago to raise my family in a small town where it felt like we belonged. I am active within the community and I believe that my 40+ years of business experience including small business ownership, general, sales and marketing management will benefit the Office of the Mayor.
A combination of business sense, compassion, sales and marketing expertise, the ability to gain consensus, to negotiate fairly and openly – makes for an ideal candidate to lead the next Municipal Council forward – to ensure that the best interests of all of the residents of Orangeville are considered. Finding creative solutions, looking at problems with a fresh perspective and no hidden agenda.
Orangeville Lions Club, Past President and Current member
Orangeville Minor Hockey Association, Past President
Town of Orangeville Committee of Adjustment, Past Member
Friends of Island Lake, Current Member
CNIB Lake Joseph Centre Volunteer Advisory Board, Past Chair
Insight InTouch Dufferin, Past Member
Active supporter of many other charities including Family Transition Place, Orangeville Food Bank, The Alzheimer Society and Habitat for Humanity