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Meet your final Ward 1 candidates: Wayne Noye

August 24, 2018   ·   0 Comments

By Wendy Gabrek


Ward 1 – Continued from the August 15th edition of The Times…


Full Name: Geoffrey Wayne Noye

Town of Residence: Alliston

Length of Time in New Tecumseth: Proudly, I’ve lived for 21 years in the Town of New Tecumseth, and 14 years in Ward 1. I am the only candidate who currently resides in Ward 1 running in Ward 1.


Primary Reason for Running: I truly care about our community. I’ve been fortunate to meet so many great people over the years, and I enjoy helping people. I want to give back to the community and becoming a Councillor will give me the ability to work with others to take on bigger challenges with greater effectiveness.

What are the most important challenges facing the community? We are seeing a lot of growth and the problems that growth can bring. We have higher expectations from local government including greater demands being placed on emergency services, the need to redevelop our local hospital, increasing demands for recreation, the need to look after our seniors with adequate housing and necessary care. These are all big-ticket items that require strong, dedicated, and innovative leadership to help find solutions. It takes time, vision, teamwork, and a lot of energy to work hard and long to solve these problems. We have access to many resources to help us to thrive and we need to tap into these resources.


What do you cherish the most about this community? We still remain a small and caring community at heart.  We can still walk down the street, talk to our neighbours and receive a helping hand.  People still care for each other and we take pride in our town.


What type of leader will you be? I will be a strong and effective leader who listens to people and who goes to bat for them. People who know me know that I am not in this for my own personal gain. I have worked tirelessly with local community groups. I work with respect and I work with people to get positive things done.


What are your priorities for change in our community, in the short term? What about in the long term? My short term priorities are to keep up with and build upon the positive work that is already being done in our community, especially through our many volunteers. I want to improve communication and outreach to our residents and to let them know that they have a strong advocate in their corner.  At the same time, I want to work with others on the larger issues which need vision, determination and an ability to think outside of the box.


What is the biggest fiscal challenges in our municipality, and what do you envision as the best ways to address them? We are seeing declining financial assistance from upper levels of government with limited resources available.  We can’t keep raising taxes and we have to ensure that new development will make valuable and lasting contributions to our community. We need to become more efficient in service delivery, and to generate pride in providing service to residents. Most importantly, we need to support our volunteer services such as the fire department, social support groups, hospice and hospital volunteers and all of the value that they bring to a rural community.


What innovative projects would enhance life in this area? We need to provide greater support for seniors and for our youth. These are the two most vulnerable sectors of our community. We need to continue to work to improve our hospital, provide greater opportunities for our youth in recreation and apprenticeship opportunities, and to provide support for our volunteers.


What is your perspective on the best way to collaborate with other levels of government to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for our area? We need to ensure strong and continuing communications with the Province and our local provincial representatives. We also need to work with our neighbouring municipalities and the County by partnering and finding efficiencies in providing services. This takes a positive attitude and a willingness to work with everyone so that we can all benefit.


How do you envision communicating with constituents? I’m well known as being a very open and approachable person. I take the time to talk to people and to understand what their needs are. I understand the underlying issues in our community, and I know how to find solutions by knowing how to connect with the right people to get things done.


What will you do to be involved with the community should you not win? I’m going to continue to do what I already do and continue to be involved in the community, to talk with and enjoy my neighbours, and to help people whenever I can because that is who I am.


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