INGLESIDE – Jennifer MacIsaac is seeking re-election as municipal councillor in South Stormont.
“It’s been my honour to represent the residents of South Stormont, and if re-elected, I will continue to work hard to represent them with integrity and professionalism,” said MacIsaac. She continued “South Stormont is a vibrant, progressive, family friendly community, steeped in rich history set in breathtaking natural beauty. “I was fortunate to grow-up in Ingleside where my husband Paul and I chose to raise our two sons, Alex and Ethan,” commented MacIsaac. She has been a volunteer for over 30 years serving on sports’ organizations, community organizations as well as holding several positions on the RO school council and Save South Stormont Schools Committee.
MacIsaac commented how although the current council has accomplished much, there is still much work to be done. She noted she has been a member of municipal committees as well as the SDG Rural Education Committee. Managing growth, building partnerships, and enhancing recreational opportunities for residents of all ages, are some of the challenges facing the Municipality of South Stormont in the future.
“The past few years have highlighted the health benefits of access to recreational opportunities,” noted MacIsaac. Council has finalized a recreational master plan, provided land for a conservation area to the Raisin River Conservation Authority and increased recreational opportunities and venues, which need to be maintained while looking to future requirements.
“South Stormont has seen unprecedented growth in recent years. This growth does not come without challenges,” said MacIsaac. As a councillor, she has advocated for increased reserves and to make “thoughtful, responsible, well researched decisions for South Stormont.” Funding from upper tier governments will ensure that the costs of infrastructure improvement is not only borne by residents. There is a need to work collaboratively with stakeholders such as the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, municipalities, and other levels of government to achieve results, as “we are stronger when we work together.”
MacIsaac noted that with the unprecedented growth in the municipality, she would “like to do my part to lead the municipality through this time of change,” noting skills developed through her professional and volunteer work will be an asset. “I’m ready to be part of a team which can set priorities, make tough decisions, and come together to create a strong and vibrant community.”
Carolyn Thompson Goddard, grew up in Chesterville and attended North Dundas District High School. After completing her BA in Political Science at Carleton University she has worked as a medical secretary and library technician. In 2020 she graduated from Algonquin College with a diploma in Journalism and has been a reporter and column writer for The Chesterville Record for over 10 years.