Clint McWhirter: Renfrew
1) In answer to your question about supporting a pride sidewalk- as a town councillor I would have to look at that on behave of all residents of Renfrew including the costs for such a project which they would be paying for unless your groups plan is to partner with a private company for funds or fundraising ? Your group is also not the only one that has come forward now to be recognized and who is just as important.
2 ) In answer to your enquiry about supporting and promoting your groups events - I am president of a group who has for the past 10 years fundraised for the children of the Ottawa Valley ( Toys for Kids Ride ) We found a group to partner with, Phoenix Centre and Family Services, went out and found sponsors such as Tim Hortons, Bell Lumber , etc to help promote our event. We paid for our advertising through donations. We only asked Renfrew for the use of some space to hold the event and that was their only contribution. Our event has successfully donated funds and new toys for the Phoenix Centre to give out at Christmas to the families who might not have anything for their children otherwise. The Town of Renfrew is asked multiple times for help with numerous deserving non profit groups and unfortunately the taxpayers of Renfrew cannot support all of them so those groups need to be creative to make their events happen. Please reach out anytime if I can help.
3 ) in answer to your question of making life safer in our community for your group -
Education, Education, and working closely with community police and the Renfrew Police Board. The laws we have are for everyone’s protection and I think better educating those who in the community about your group might work best.
Thank you for your questions . I hope I get the opportunity to serve the people of Renfrew and to make a difference.
Renfrew Town Councillor Candidate
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