Meet the Candidate: Barb Tobin

It’s election season and the municipal campaign is in full swing!  I am pleased to present my Q&A series with our local candidates, and I hope it gives you a sense of who they are and what they stand for.  New profiles will go up every Tuesday and Thursday!

Election Day is October 27, and you can vote online or by telephone any time between October 20 at 10:00am and October 27 at 8:00pm.  Check the North Grenville website for more details!

Mark your calendars – the Chamber of Commerce All-Candidates Night is taking place on October 7th {tonight!}  from 5:30pm – 10:00pm at the North Grenville Municipal Centre {285 County Road #44, Kemptville, ON}

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Barb Tobin

52WeeksNG: What do you love about North Grenville?

Barb Tobin:  What I love about being a resident of the Municipality of North Grenville is the people.  Every community has many things to brag about in terms of amenities but without the connection to the people that one can develop there is just no warmth and pleasure in terms of feeling and living a full community experience. Here in North Grenville the giving nature and friendly people really make this a place I love calling home.

52WeeksNG: Can you share a hidden treasure in your corner of NG?

Barb Tobin: It may not be “hidden” but sometimes blends in with North Grenville and that is the Ferguson Forest Centre . It just really is our Central Park. It provides jobs and local grown forestry products. It provides beautiful trails for hiking and running and most recently an addition of a Kinder Trail to encourage the youngest residents to enjoy the outdoors. It has the wonderful Giving Garden that provides food and flowers for community members all tended by a caring group in the community. There is a dock and covered picnic area for residents to enjoy. The FFC is just a four season treasure in North Grenville.

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Photo submitted by Barb Tobin: FFC Dock Site

52WeeksNG: What are 3 – 5 issues that you would tackle if you were re-elected?

Barb Tobin: The issues that I would like to continue to see developed are in communications, recreation and sustainable delivery of our programs and services.

In the area of communications we have entered a new era quickly in terms of ways to help engage residents in participating in local government topics. My current focus is expanding council meetings to include visuals for those sitting in the audience so they can participate in the information being discussed . I am also interested in using new social media in a responsible accurate way to provide residents with information. Having just attended a seminar on what other government agencies are doing to update communication there are several ideas that I hope staff will be able to implement.  I am also interested in developing a user-friendly communication system within council that can help us track our activities and work assignments.

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Photo submitted by Barb Tobin: Fishers honoured for community commitment.

Having been assigned to the portfolio of Parks Culture and Recreation for the past two terms of Council I am interested in continue to develop what are key features of the community. With the help of the many community partners we can continue to improve our current assets and look forward to what areas we can expand. The refresh of Riverside Park will be a new feature to Old Town that partners well with the main street’s facelift and the central library. Several organisations like the Curling Club and Ball League have provided new life to facilities for sport in the community. Working with the staff and existing groups that are in our community we can continue to provide cultural, sport and leisure areas that fit our community.

Finally it is important that we can deliver all our services under a model that sustains programs and services at a reasonable cost. To date council has been mindful of the cost to the taxpayer . Continued growth also presents continued and expanded use, and it is in everyone’s best interest to always look ahead to the cost of existing and new facilities and services, not only in the present but in the long term life of that asset. Working with staff to secure solid grounding for projects is essential. Consulting and working with community experts is also a key factor. The existence of our first class central library would not have been possible without all of the factors above being put in play. The library currently monthly sees on average 7,000 residents in the facility. The efforts of securing funding and fundraising and implementing all the parts is a testament to the community and municipal staff preparing, projecting and understanding the costs and benefits for our community. We need to keep our focus on building while always being mindful of making sustainable progress.

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Photo submitted by Barb Tobin: Farmers’ Market

52WeeksNG: Why is it important to vote in municipal elections?

Barb Tobin: Municipal government is the “reach out and quickly touch” government that taxpayers can access. For this reason it really important to exercise your vote to have your say. Those who fought for the rights to do so would expect no less from every citizen.

52WeeksNG: How do you like to spend your spare time?

Barb Tobin: I like to spend my spare time at home with friends and family and I love to read.

52WeeksNG: What is one thing the people of NG might be surprised to learn about you?

Barb Tobin: Although far from being an athlete I love to run every day. My favourite time to think and solve all the problems of the world is when I’m out on a 5K run.  I try to run 10K every month, just to say I did.

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Photo submitted by Barb Tobin: NGHS murals

52WeeksNG: What would you like to say to the people of NG?

Barb Tobin: I would really like to encourage people to exercise their right to vote in the municipal election.  I would be appreciative of their vote and I will continue to work hard to represent the citizens of North Grenville in a positive and professional manner.

For more information, you can follow Barb on Twitter!

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2 Responses to Meet the Candidate: Barb Tobin

  1. morg 0073 says:

    Hi Erica, Nice interview! I look forward to reading about the other candidates. I’d like to invite you to the Rideau Hill Camp Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser at St. John’s United Church. Hope you can make it! Cheers ! ~ N

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