Claire Gunnewiek Municipal Election Candidate Profile
Name: Claire Gunnewiek
Municipality: Township of Rideau Lakes
Position Sought: Councillor of South Crosby Ward
Currently Retired or Working (where?): Dairy farming and mother.
Former Elected Positions/Terms if applicable: Currently serving my first term as councillor for South Crosby.
Community volunteer experience (service clubs, local committees, fundraising, etc): Previous to the last election, I volunteered with the community radio station, CFRC 102.7, hosting a radio program about farming. I also co-wrote a weekly gossip column in the Westport Review Mirror, “The Elgin News Collective.” In 2012, I started helping with Elgin Days and the Elgin rink, and served as Chair of the South Crosby Recreation Committee from 2013-2017. I also serve on the executive for the Elgin & District Cooperative Nursery School.
Top 3 issues facing your municipality and its residents that council has control or major influence over: Reviewing the township’s Official Plan, waste management, and infrastructure.
Your solutions/approach to those 3 issues:
I would seek appointment to the Planning Committee and re-appointment to the CRCA to represent agriculture and sustainable rural development.
We will need to streamline the Portland landfill site to make it an efficient transfer station. The next council will decide whether increasing garbage and recycling costs are covered by fees versus taxation.
We have made steps toward maintaining our infrastructure but are still falling behind. We have gone from rampant ward-ism to a professional and financially responsible building/road maintenance plan, which I hope will continue.
Do you own (or have a stake in) or operate a commercial/industrial business in your municipality? (Including vacant development lands or rental units): I live with my husband and two children in our home between Elgin and Morton. The family owns and operates an organic dairy farm and cheese factory.