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McIsaac kicks off campaign to become Orillia mayor

'My commitment to this community, that I cherish, is part of my DNA,' says mayoral hopeful at campaign kick-off event
Orillia mayoral candidate Don McIsaac held a campaign kickoff event recently at Couchiching Golf and Country Club.

On Monday night, a beautiful warm summer evening, hundreds attended the McIsaac for Mayor campaign kickoff at the Couchiching Golf and Country Club.

The club was packed with friends, family, associates, business leaders and community advocates as well as current and former political representatives from Orillia.

Don spoke passionately about “Orillia being his home.” He reminisced about the many lifetime friends he has from attending Park Street Collegiate and life lessons he learned working at Webers flipping hamburgers.

For generations Don’s family have worked towards making Orillia a better place. Both of his parents served as mayors of Orillia. They taught him the importance of public service. As he most eloquently stated, “My commitment to this community, that I cherish, is part of my DNA.”

Don gave a special shout-out to the current mayor, Steve Clarke, and his council for all of their hard work and commitment throughout this incredibly difficult term.

As Don explained, some of his career was spent in the U.S., helping struggling companies get to calmer waters. As a result, many of those businesses became financially viable and sustainable but most importantly saved thousands of jobs.

Don has returned to Orillia, to friends and family and to his community, ready to move forward with the next chapter in his life.

Don is a proven, trusted leader with decades of real world experience. He is ready to commit his passion, commitment and dedication to being the best possible mayor as our city grows and changes in the critical years ahead.

Don is committed to improving the quality of life and well-being for all of the people. He wants to create a safe, inclusive, sustainable community and he values openness, community engagement, meaningful partnerships and relationships. He also believes that often the solutions to our problems lie within our community.

Don’s focus will be on the things that are most relevant to most Orillians such as finding a doctor, accessing affordable housing and tackling the rising cost of living. Finding working solutions for homelessness, the opioid crisis or mental health is a priority. He is equally committed to protecting our natural beauty, improving our roads and managing our limited resources wisely.

While growing up, Don observed his parents’ commitment to Orillia. It was then the idea of running for mayor sometime in the future was born. As your future mayor, Don has the leadership skills, aptitude and experience, ready to successfully steer this ship forward and deliver meaningful results.

Don asks everyone to please vote on election day, Oct. 24.