“This is a critical time in Niagara-on-the-Lake and we are at a tipping point. As issues become more complex, it is important that we balance the uniqueness of our Town with our current challenges. These challenges require strong leadership. I hear and understand you. I am ready to lead.” – Betty Disero
A News Release from the campaign to elect Niagara-on-the-Lake Town Councillor Betty Disero Lord Mayor
Posted May 7th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – This May 4th, , Betty Disero registered her nomination papers for the Office of Lord Mayor in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake for the upcoming 2018 Municipal Election to be held on October 22, 2018.
Betty Disero is “READY TO LEAD”. She has listened to the concerns of the residents of Niagara on the Lake, she has learned what is working and what is not working in the Town and she is ready to lead NOTL.
Betty Disero is “READY TO LEAD” NOTL in order to:
- SERVE: to provide strong leadership with integrity to ensure transparency, accountability and responsiveness to the needs of ALL citizens in ALL neighbourhoods. This includes leading the completion of the Official Plan (focused on the Long Term Vision) and a new 2018 Strategic Plan (focused on a four year Action Plan).
- CONSERVE: to balance our Heritage, Culture, Agriculture, Tourism, and Economic Growth through compatible development.
- SUSTAIN: to prioritize spending within a reasonable and accountable budget.
DEPTH OF EXPERIENCE –
- Town Councillor: Active member of NOTL Town Council (2014 – 2018) including a 100% / perfect attendance record for Council meetings
- Chair, Communities in Bloom and member of St David’s CIB Subcommittee
- Co-Chair with Dr. Richard Merritt, UNESCO Committee
- Co-Chair with John Hawley, Voices of Freedom Park Committee
- Member, Strategic Plan – Community Engagement
- Member, Council Code of Conduct Bylaw
- Member, Urban Design Committee
- Member, Canada 150, New Year’s Eve Committee
- Council Representative for the Chamber of Commerce, the Niagara Pumphouse, Niagara Region Culture Committee, RiverBrink
- Member of NOTL Rotary – Rotary Local Community Grant Committee, Canada Day Cake Parade Marshall, Member Tulips for Trees Campaign, Co-chair 2015 Canada Day at Simcoe Park
- Volunteer, Shaw Guild Hosting Group, Museum Gardening Group, Virgil Stampede Nickel Sale Initiated important Community Discussion Groups on the Urban Tree Bylaw, Hospice and Palliative Needs, Future Business Development
Previous and Valuable Experience:
- 18 years as a Toronto City Councillor
- Chair of the Transit Commission, Chair Public Works, Chair Waste Diversion Task Force, Chair Economic Development, Chair Harbour Commission
- Key member of following – many health and hospital boards, Toronto International Film Festival, Arts Council, Hockey Hall of Fame
- Trustee Toronto District School Board for 3 years
“Betty’s enthusiasm, extensive experience and skills along with her hard work and dedication motivates me to support her in her bid to lead our Town as Lord Mayor.” – Debi Pratt
“Over the past several years, I have had many occasions to observe Betty’s dedication and hard work on behalf of the Niagara on the Lake community and to see her deliver significant results in short order. If I were to pick a campaign slogan for Betty it would be, Betty Gets It Done.” – Jim Armstrong
“I am proud and excited to put my name forward for Lord Mayor and am ready to lead Niagara-on-the-Lake.” Betty Disero
(A Brief Afterword from Niagara At Large – Should he run for another term as Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Lord Mayor, Patrick Darte would probably be Betty Disero’s main opponent for the town’s top council job. As well as also serving on Niagara Region’s council, Darte also continues to serve as a regionally appointed member of the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s board of directors.)
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