A little bit about my family, my father Jim (McLeod) grew up in Middlesex County on a little farm with his parents and his many siblings. My mother, Sharon (Wein) grew up in Crediton with her family. I have been married to Greg Haggitt for 21 years who is a general contractor and I have been the family law clerk at Little Masson & Reid Since January 2005. We have 2 daughters, Emma who has a degree in business marketing and in Sports and Recreational Management. My youngest daughter Becca is a certified funeral Director in Toronto.
I worked very hard in 2016 to help save Amethyst, a Provincial Demonstration School in London. I attended several meetings with the Minister of Education and the Child and Youth Advocates Office in Toronto. We were successful as the Demonstration Schools are still open. I was also the president for the parent council for Amethyst while my daughter attended there.
Have been working with the Huron Perth Unit Way for the past 3 years. Was on the board of the South Huron Community Food Bank.
I have a very strong passion for helping others.
Lack of services in Ward 1. The communities feel a lack of want and need from the Municipality as whole. Services are being removed and no strategic plan to replace any of the services. For example, closing of the Huron Park Fire Department, tear-down of the Centralia Community Centre, proposed precast plant being built in Centralia's residential area, a new subdivision across from Oakwood Inn.
There seems to be NO community input and they feel like their voices are not being heard.
I have been thinking about this since the last election when one of the current members of counsel asked me why I was not running after we meet at one of the "meet the candidates" meetings in Centralia. This is not something that I ever thought I would have a passion for but now it is my turn to try and make a change.
Over the last 5 years listening to the members of my community and surrounding area
I believe that whoever is elected to represent our Municipality should show Transparency and Accountability. We are the ones making the decisions, so we need to ensure that we are fiscally responsible.
I'm passionate about this community, see tremendous potential and want to help realize it. For too long, it's been stunted. It's time we build our community, together.
If you know anyone close to me, they will tell you if I'm asked to do something even if it's a struggle, I will find a way to get it done.
"Public Input" through my term will also be top priority.
I want to work towards Affordable and Attainable Housing as we have a very big housing crisis in South Huron right now. But in doing so, we need to listen to what the people of South Huron are wanting and asking for.
I want to work on a "Community Improvement Plan" to help our municipality grow so that we can offer many things to all our residents and not only focus on certain community groups.
I want to make connections with Huron Shores Transit and advance an acceptable level of public transit in South Huron to allow more public transit for those are in need.
"Strategic Planning" is key for a Municipality to thrive.
I would also like to work towards brining all 3 wards together. We are ONE municipality, and we need to all be treated the same as we all pay taxes. We are meant to be advocates for all members in our municipality. Each decision by council regardless of who is on it needs to have the best interests of the entire municipality and not just one Ward. We need to come together and maximize your taxes receives so that all wards are receiving the same level of benefits.