JENNY GREENHALGH (2014 election)

I immigrated with my family to Montreal on Dec. 6, 1974 and have lived in Cornwall, Toronto, and Winnipeg.
I became a Canadian citizen in 1983. A proud moment!
I’ve always been an active fundraiser and while in Toronto, I personally raised $45,000 in one hour for cancer research!
When I first came to Fort Frances in 1992, I worked for the RBC and then in the office at the paper mill. I later worked with NCDS from 1995-2014. I really enjoyed working with people and many ex-clients remain friends today.
During these years, I also completed a certificate in Community Economic Development from the University of Waterloo.
In 2003, I became executive director of NCDS. At that time, the agency was in crisis and the district was in danger of losing programs as both the federal and provincial governments were considering withdrawing services.
We had four employees; now there are 15 and a budget of $1.3 million annually.
Since 2012, I have initiated and helped to develop the Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club and Festival.
I wrote a proposal in 2011 requesting the donation of a dragon boat to our community in order to grow the sport in our area. I was successful and we received our first dragon boat in May, 2012.
At the request of town council we held our first Festival on July 1, 2012.
I wrote a further proposal to the Ontario Trillium Foundation requesting $50,200 for a second boat, equipment, and two trailers—again I was successful!
I currently serve on several local committees, including the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, Business Improvement Association, Fort Frances and District Community Living, and Boundary Waters Dragon Boat Club.
I recently retired after 18 years as a director of the Northwest Training and Adjustment Board.
I am very proud of these diverse achievements and to have been part of these successes. They all have a direct link to community economic development–my speciality!
As to our current budget shortfall, I do not feel I have enough of the information required to make recommendations at this time. I also require input from the public to not only make an informed decision, but one which reflects the will of my constituents.
I do not believe in making decisions based on only my own preference, nor in making election promises I can’t keep.
I imagine success, then work to accomplish it. As a Fort Frances town councillor, I will show that I have the vision, the proven abilities, and the practical experience to make things happen!
These qualities and achievements are why I should be elected to Fort Frances council. If you’re ready to have a voice for a positive change in your community, let me speak for you!