I love mountain biking, hiking and running on our trails. I spend as much time as I can up north teaching friends and family how to water ski.
My wife Sonia and I have been married for 15 years. You may have seen her riding her bike or in one of the many plays she has been in at the Music Hall. We have a nine year old girl who is in grade 4 at Uxbridge Public School.
I started my career designing battery packs for a small public company called Blue Star Battery in Markham. Within a very short period of time I knew that the only place for me was in front of customers helping them with their technical issues.
I moved into sales and within a couple of years was asked to join Omron Canada covering for Toronto to Kingston. I was contacted by a Tyco few years later to manage Canada for them with a larger product line. In my 13 years with Tyco my territory changed from Canada to half of North America with global responsibilities for Whirlpool Appliance.
My work involved a great deal of travelling. Ultimately I decided I wanted to spend more time with my family so I have recently made a change to allow for this.
Uxbridge Council has done a fantastic job of being financially responsible whilst providing excellent opportunities for our community. We all benefit from the extensive network of trails that enable us to be active outside. Our children also benefit from well-organized and diverse summer camp programs, the splash pad and skate park.
There is more, however, that can be done. Our downtown core needs help with its empty storefronts. Businesses need to be attracted to Uxbridge as a viable place to thrive just as Scarsin, Hela Spice and Koch-Glitsch have. Our industrial parks should be better utilized to increase employment within Uxbridge.
We are the trails capital of Canada. A hundred thousand people visit Durham forest to hike and mountain bike each year. Let’s use this to our advantage by encouraging visitors and locals to shop and eat in our downtown.
Finally, the concerns of farmers are near and dear to my heart. My position is not to compromise our breadbasket with irresponsible and ill-considered development. We are a growing community that attracts young families. We need to insure that any growth happens in clear collaboration with those whose livelihood depends on the land.
I am the fresh perspective for council and Uxbridge. Please enable me to be your voice.
Dave Barton for Mayor of Uxbridge Township.