Up next is our final entry to be published, Denis Sabourin, who is running for Council.
1. Who are You? Denis Sabourin, a person with 17 plus years experience at working for Liberal Members of Parliament at the House of Commons in Ottawa.
A 15 year Catholic School Board Trustee with the former Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry English Catholic School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.
A past federal and provincial Liberal candidate in this riding.
A paralegal licensed by the Law Society of upper Canada who operates his own small business advocating for clients before various tribunals and courts.
A former national journalist having covered politics, news and sports in markets such as Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Dawson Creek British Columbia and Cornwall. My journalism career included electronic and print media.
A community volunteer who has been involved in a number of worthy causes and service organizations.
2. Why are you running for office? I want to bring “Common Sense Experience” to the council table. I believe that a great deal can be accomplished by the next council that will help move the city forward. Given my past experience at all levels of government I believe I have the skills to perform the job of city councillor in the professional manner expected by the residents of Cornwall.
3. What are the three best things about our community? The people of Cornwall are diverse and very resourceful and for that reason I consider them one of the best features and assets of our community.
This is a city that is affordable with great services and is ideal in which to work, live, play, retire and enjoy a very comfortable and fulfilling career and life.
Cornwall is a city on the cusp. There are many good things to come and happen in this city and now is the time to build on the foundations for continued growth and development.
4. What are your three priorities to improve Cornwall? I would like to see greater open communication from council to the residents of Cornwall. This effort would help the residents understand what the city’s goals and priorities might be over the next four years.
I propose a renewed emphasis on economic development. We should not only be targeting industry interested in locating to a new municipality as part of an expansion, but I feel that we should develop incentives for start-up companies and small businesses that can set up shop in the many vacant store fronts in the downtown core and in Le Village. We cannot rule out the potential of green industry.
A desire to move forward on Cornwall’s waterfront by establishing a vision for the green space we know as Lamoureux Park and developing a business plan to work with other partners in the development of brownfield sites like the old Domtar property, Cotton Mills Weave Sheds and the former Courtaulds sites.
5. Who was your hero as a child? My parents, they established a very successful business, were involved in the community, demonstrated that it is important to give back to the community and encouraged their children to be the best that they can be.
6. If your could brand the Cornwall of the future in one word, what would that be? Opportunity.
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