Jill McCubbin is seeking re-election to Mississippi Mills Council as an Almonte ward Councillor. Jill’s focus is to continue fostering community initiatives, sensible growth and strong economic development. As an Almonte Councillor, Jill champions the municipality’s cultural, recreational and commercial livelihood.
Jill McCubbin was very involved throughout her first term of Council (2014-2018). She works alongside municipal staff and residents on five advisory and subcommittees, including the Community & Economic Development Committee, the Active Transportation Advisory Committee and the Accessibility Advisory Committee. Much of Jill’s focus aligns with the goals of these committees.
Jill participated in a number of other coordinating groups such as the Mississippi Mills Business Breakfast committee. These quarterly networking breakfasts are hugely popular and encourage successful local business collaborations. She established the Long-standing Business Appreciation recognition event, now in its third year. Jill also helped initiate the community micro-grant program, in its second year. Like “Mississippi Mills Movies in the Parks,” the micro-grant program encourages neighbours to work together on fun projects and get to know each other better. These types of events are known to lower crime rates, while building stronger, more resilient communities.
McCubbin is Almonte’s biggest fan
Jill’s family moved to Almonte in 1997 to open a bookstore, sold 13 years later (and this business continues to thrive as Mill Street Books. Buy local!) Jill’s professional background has focused on cultural and communication activities. She was one of six founders of the Humm (the Arts, Entertainment and Ideas newspaper), the editor and producer of two national newsletters, and a marketing & website consultant/designer, supporting a number of local businesses. She is also an artist with past exhibitions across eastern Ontario.
Jill is an employee of the Mississippi Mills Public Library Board, working at Almonte Branch. One of Jill’s core beliefs: Library services and programs build and strengthen community in countless ways. Jill loves local history and has volunteered for years with the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum: on the Board, at events and at the front desk. Jill participates in many events in Mississippi Mills – most recently volunteering at the first annual Mississippi Mills Porchfest. She is the mother of two awesome people (23 and 22) and has the best border collie in the world!
Focus on Community and Economic Development
Jill McCubbin supports community development with a focus on safety, health, activity, accessibility, vibrant main streets and the protection of heritage and environments. This focus has a direct impact on economic interests in the municipality and the attraction of new residents of all ages. When people choose to live in Mississippi Mills, they often are choosing to relocate or start a business here too.
Mississippi Mills’ Long-Term Financial Plan is exemplary. Provincial indicators as well as the municipality’s annual audited financial statements back-up this position. Reliable, expert asset management plans and an innovative community also support economic development – which is at a high point in our municipality. A success story of note: a record number of lots sold in the Mississippi Mills Business Park over the past couple of years.
Improving public engagement and communication are ongoing challenges in our municipality that also affect community and economic development. Jill is committed to increasing confidence in Council decisions and constructive, civil discourse. Citizens from every neighbourhood want and should be heard, have access to the facts and contribute to progress.
Maximizing the best land use and zoning practices in downtown Almonte for commercial and residential purposes is another of Jill’s objectives. Support for small business retention and expansion (BR&E) is also a primary issue. To this end, Jill joined the Leadership Team of the Lanark County Economic Development Strategic Plan. A priority of this plan is BR&E, and its first goal is to interview business people across all sectors at county and municipal levels.
Mississippi Mills’ high quality of life is remarkable
Over the last few years, many projects have moved forward Jill’s vision of a thriving, vibrant community: trail development, the planning & installation of crosswalks, increased tree planting, public art, bike lanes on key routes, a new jewel of a library in Pakenham, improved services in Gemmill Park (splash pad, skatepark, play structures), more active programs for seniors and children, and the list goes on.
Another beneficial project is the upcoming implementation of the Ottawa Street Landscape Plan (trees, accessible benches and continuous path). Improving park and sidewalk maintenance across the municipality are on Jill’s list of concerns. She also looks forward to the tremendous recreation and tourism potential of the County’s Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail and the section that runs through Mississippi Mills! She pledges to help maintain and promote this trail as safe, attractive and accessible.
The municipal election is 22 October 2018
In Mississippi Mills all citizens will vote for a Mayor and a Deputy Mayor. Residents within Almonte ward will vote in two Councillor representatives. As in 2014 in Mississippi Mills, voting will be done via internet and telephone. The municipality also has a 2018 Accessible Election Plan, details at www.mississippimills.ca Individuals can confirm they are on the voters’ list at www.voterlookup.ca
Participating in municipal government is challenging and rewarding. Every candidate in the upcoming election is making a commitment towards constructive and fiscally responsible progress in Mississippi Mills.“Decisions are made by those who show up” and exercising your right to vote is also a solid form of “showing up”- as is volunteering for local initiatives and organizations. Thank you all who help build our diverse, flourishing small town. – Jill McCubbin