I fell in love with Paris while campaigning here for a federal seat in 2009. In the years that followed, I’ve knocked on every door in our beautiful town. Many of those doors multiple times. I’ve had the distinct pleasure of meeting my neighbours and listening intently to their ideas, their concerns and their hopes for our community.
Immediately following the 2009 federal campaign, Rebekah and I bought our first home together in Paris – and we have stayed in this gorgeous town. We later moved our family to our second and current home on Willow Street.
We were engaged to be married on the banks of the Grand River under the train bridge blocks from where we live. We took our engagement photos at the Paris branch of our library system and we had the first wedding ceremony and reception ever held at Stillwaters in our beautiful downtown. We live in a great community and are so grateful for that.
The folks of this community are so warm. The people make this community what it is and always will.
We chose to raise our daughter, Ellie, and our son, Finn, here. We could not imagine another place we would want these two wonderful human beings to grow up in. We want to work with others to make it even better. We want to work with you to meet the challenges our community faces head on, as well.
There is a perspective gained from being a young family living in Paris that I think would add value to our council. We rely on our library, parks, recreation services, trails and sidewalk systems to go about our days as so many other growing families here do, too.
We celebrate at our amazing parks and festivals and enjoy the arts and culture scene that Paris has to offer on a regular basis.
We volunteer to make the County of Brant better along side many others doing the same. We’ve supported and held numerous events here and gladly support the amazing local businesses of our town.
In addition to my role as a college professor, I’ve been fortunate enough to write three books here (mostly at the Wincey Mills CoLab space) and formerly co-own a local newsprint publication and multi-media company, The Brant Advocate. That professional, small-business and local networking experience along with experience working with provincial and federal levels of government to get things done locally, will help to enhance our community. I will work hard to improve the connectedness of our community members to our council.
As a social worker, I’ve worked with clients in this community and heard those struggles too from families and individuals. Issues such as affordability, housing, transit, job opportunities and access to health care services are strong priorities for many.
We’ve advocated successfully for needed changes to some of those systems but we know there is more to do.
More to do to protect our local environment, trail system and water.
More to do to plan not just for the next four years – but the next 40 years – as pressures from a global economy and other levels of government push our town to grow.
More to do to make our community safer and more walkable, easier to get around whatever way we travel and more connected to our neighbours.
More to do as our OPP station, library and health care services look to expand and relocate.
More to do to increase opportunities for the people who live here to engage with our government and to be treated with respect in how they are communicated with in council, at public meetings, online and out-and-about.
There is also so much more to do to increase transparency and engagement in our local government.
Much to do to ensure that this is an affordable community where there is value for your money, and where local government lives within its means while still providing quality services.
Time and again, I have heard a desire from my neighbours for new blood and fresh eyes on council as we navigate the issues and opportunities in front of us.
I would be honoured to earn one of your two votes for Ward 2 in order to do exactly that and to work together to improve our community and how it operates.
Let’s change local politics for the better together!
Marc has a track record of commitment in the local community, which includes:
- Recipient of the YMCA Peace Medal for his non-political community work
- Recent Chair of the County of Brant Public Transportation Working Group
- Recent Chair of our local Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers
- Currently contributes to 2 community boards for Laurier Brantford helping to enhance educational opportunities for local youth and adult learners
- Awarded a Canada-Ontario 150 Award by MP Phil McColeman and MPP/Speaker of The House Dave Levac for “significant contributions to the community, province and country”
- Co-Founder of numerous community projects including community gardens, The Brant/Brantford Roundtable on Poverty and The Brant/Brantford Youth Leadership Conference
- Inaugural Vice-Chair and Co-Founder of the Brant United Way’s GenNext Committee
- Named the “Everyday Political Citizen” for the Brantford-Brant region by Samara Canada
- Award-winning co-host of Advocate Television, also a regular panelist on Political Roundtable and other television programs.
- Previous member of several boards and service clubs including Arts After School Kids, The Brant Elder Abuse Committee, The Grand River Council on Aging, Paris/Brant Kiwanis Club, Sunrise Rotary Club, Brantford-Brant Chamber of Commerce Young Business Networking Committee, The Bridge Brant, Rosewood House, 100 Men Who Give a Damn – Brantford-Brant, and many others
- Was a member of the steering committee of the County of Brant/City of Brantford Joint Housing Stability Plan
- Former National Director of Canada Without Poverty
- Named an Education Champion by the Workforce Planning Board of Grand Erie
- Numerous Brant News Reader’s Choice Awards for “Best Local Politician” as well as other categories from 2012-2017
- Professor, Justice Studies and Social Services at Mohawk College, 2012 – Present
- Co-owner, The Brant Advocate Newsprint & New Media, 2011 – 2015
- BSW Practicum Coordinator, Wilfrid Laurier University, 2013 – 2014
- Clinical Social Worker/Psychotherapist, Grand River Community Health Centre, 2010 – 2014
- Clinical Social Worker/Residential Consultant, Woodview Children’s Mental Health and Autism Services, 2009 – 2010
- Child and Youth Worker/Management Team, Pioneer Youth Services, 2005 – 2009
- Executive Producer & Technical Director, TV Zoom, 2001 – 2005
- Member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers
- Corrections in Canada: Principles and Practice, 2018, Emond Publishing
- Mental Health Awareness: Practical Skills for First Responders, 2017, Emond Publishing
- Mental Health Awareness: Self-Care for First Responders, 2017, Emond Publishing
- Various other editorials, columns and articles for Metroland Media, Sun Media, The New Social Worker Magazine, Two Row Times, BScene Publications, Vibrant Magazine, The Brant Advocate etc.
- BA in Communications – University of Ottawa
- Honours and Masters degrees in Social Work from Lakehead University
- Executive Education in Leadership, Organizing and Action from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.