Klaas Van Der Meer Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Klaas Van Der Meer
Municipality: Montague Township
Position Sought: Deputy Reeve
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Working in horticulture
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Deputy Reeve
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Chairman Horticultural adviser at Algonquin College Ottawa (five years), a life member of Scouts Canada after 35 years as leader and have served as president of Rideau Lakes District Scouts, a member of the Session at Westminster Presbyterian Church (Personnel & Building), member of Perth & Smiths Falls Hospital boards 11 years – the chair of the Building Committee, coordinator of 2003 Landscape Project for tent city Lanark county International Plowing Match, Council Representative on the Lanark Archives Committee
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over: Action for seniors and youth; Shared services with Smiths Falls and fair water rates in Atironto; and Attracting residents to move to Montague.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues: Work to encourage students to join the youth centre in Smiths Falls; continue to meet with Smiths Falls to improve shared services and Economic Development; work with Smiths Falls on health care issues, especially obtaining new doctors for our area; attract a major builder to build homes in Montague.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): My home and my business Green Acres Greenhouses and Landscaping and Klaas VanDerMeer Custodial are located on our property at 127 Rainbow Valley Road in Montague Township.