David Hinks Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: David Hinks
Municipality: Mississippi Mills
Position Sought: Deputy Mayor
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Retired from 35 years of federal Public Service as an economist and senior policy advisor in the transportation sector with international and domestic engagement.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: N/A
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Mississippi Mills Community & Economic Planning Committee member; Mississippi Mills Beautification Committee member; The Lanark County Food Bank – Board of Directors, vice-chair: development of new approach to empower clients; development of a dozen community gardens; Member of the Community Advisory Board for the Co-operators Insurance Company – 2008 to 2014 – providing feedback on initiatives related to more responsible environmental and social policies and practices; Lanark County Master Gardeners – community presentations, supporting local gardening initiatives; gardening initiatives including development of gardening programs at two youth centres; Contributing regular articles on food security, community activities and gardening in the Millstone and the Humm. Local Men’s Shed movement – assisting in the development of local groups for men to engage with hands-on projects, be productive and continue to contribute their skills to the community; Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over:
Economic growth – my contribution will be rooted in my 35-year career as an economist and policy advisor
Recreation and transportation
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues: Mississippi Mills has diverse interests that must work together to strengthen a place that is the envy of many. Whether from Ramsay, Pakenham or Almonte – our knowledge and personal experience will provide solutions. My skills in economics and policy planning will support fiscal responsibility. As Deputy Mayor, a member of council, and on Lanark Council, I will ensure that all voices are heard and that decisions are fostered by informed, respectful dialogue. By working together, citizens and council, we will leverage the knowledge and experience of the community and ensure that Mississippi Mills remains a home we are proud of.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): No