Carolyn Gerbac Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Carolyn Gerbac
Municipality: Carleton Place
Position Sought: Councillor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): I have been a practicing lawyer in the town of Carleton Place for more than 7 years and I moved my residence to Carleton Place 3 three years ago from Ottawa. I love living and working in Carleton Place and I recognize the potential this town has to offer from the historic Main Street to the beautiful Mississippi River and everything in between.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: N/A
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): No answer
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
Infrastructure and related costs.
Poverty, homelessness, unemployment, addictions and health related concerns.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
The town is growing fast! I believe this is a great thing for the community of Carleton Place as long as the growth is managed sensibly. Carleton Place is a beautiful town and I believe with the right planning and thought it can retain its welcoming charm and still benefit from the employment, business opportunities, development, etc. that the growth will bring.
The central bridge will be in the forefront of all our next council members’ minds I’m sure. There are lots of new roads being built, lights going in, homes being built, road and utilities works happening. Cost to residents and value for tax dollar are important.
As the town grows so will our homeless population, our citizens with mental and addictions issues and other health problems. The town will need more health care providers in all areas and affordable housing. I am also interested in exploring the Tiny Home movement and the benefits it may have for Carleton Place residents.