Editor's note: OrilliaMatters has asked council candidates in neighbouring Oro-Medonte, Ramara and Severn townships to provide a synopsis of why they are running in the Oct. 24 municipal election. The following was submitted by Tammy DeSousa, who is seeking election in Ward 2 of Oro-Medonte. For more election coverage — including candidate profiles and other election news — visit our 2022 municipal election page by clicking here.
My name is Tammy DeSousa and I have served as councillor for Ward 2 in Oro-Medonte for the past three years.
I am very proud of my initiatives and work on behalf of Oro-Medonte to date, but there is still a lot of work to be done. I believe my knowledge, experience and work ethic are a valuable asset moving forward and I am excited for the opportunity to continue to represent the interests of Ward 2 residents for the next term of council.
Born and raised in Oro-Medonte, my family has lived in the area for generations. They instilled in me, from a very young age, the importance of local community involvement.
I am the proud mother of two grown sons and grandmother of three grandchildren, who all attend Warminster Elementary School. My family provides all the motivation I need to help make Oro-Medonte a safe, healthy and happy place to raise a family in a rural but progressive community.
Educationally, I am a graduate of Nuclear Medicine Technology. After working many years at major Toronto hospitals, I started my own business in the medical/legal field. Later, after successfully growing and selling my business, I returned home to my roots in Oro-Medonte.
In addition to my role as councillor, I have been the township representative to Orillia Area Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee, Co-Chair of the Oro-Medonte Traffic Safety Task Force, the Oro-Medonte Heritage Committee and an active member of the Development Services Committee.
Some of the initiatives and projects at the top of my list to tackle include: the critical need for upgraded traffic lights in Warminster, improved safety for residents on Line 15 N at Bass Lake, support for varied and appropriate housing for seniors wishing to downsize, protection of our tax base as a result of Orillia’s boundary adjustments, improved access to family physicians and quality health care, and a balanced solution for the ongoing problem of disruptive short term rentals.
Oro-Medonte continues to thrive and flourish, despite some difficult challenges over the last few years. I plan to continue to be a positive force on council and I endeavour to help find appropriate solutions for a range of issues that need action to ensure the quality of life in Oro-Medonte continues to grow and develop in a safe and positive way. Let’s keep a good thing going!