Quick Bio: born 62 years ago in Pembroke; Ontario; an “Army Brat”; single father of one son aged 27; B.F.A. (Specialized Honours Film Production), York University 1980; established Triune Productions Inc. in 1985; moved to Oxford Mills in 2009.
Here’s why others think I’d make a good Councillor for North Grenville:
John Barclay is one of my choices for this year’s election. I want to see change, I want to see fresh ideas and energy in this place we call home. – Julia O’Grady
I’ve worked with John in the past, and have always found him to be a principled and community-minded person. John has the rare ability to shoot straight with people, never dodging the truth, but in a way that doesn’t shame or belittle anyone. – Darcy Burgess
John Barclay is a pillar of community action in North Grenville. In his capacity as Executive Director of the Business Improvement Area and in many other essential areas such as the Farmers’ Market and the Economic Development Advisory Committee, John has been instrumental in moving key initiatives forward, for the greater benefit of all of North Grenville. I endorse John’s candidacy fully as a candidate for the Municipal Council of North Grenville. – Paul Cormier
You would make a good Councillor for a number of reasons: you are aware of the many currents and cross currents within North Grenville; you are sensitive to the needs and hopes of many of the citizens; you are not by nature judgemental but you make decisons; and you are a good communicator. I would be happy to support you. – Bill Kilfoyle
Here’s why I think you should elect me as your next Councillor and what you can do to advance my campaign for election:
What I’ve done:
I’ve been a small business advocate and community leader for several years and am eager to bring my leadership skills, my economic development and community development background to the position of Councillor for the Municipality of North Grenville. I was instrumental in bringing the Dandelion Festival back to Prescott & Clothier Streets in 2014. In 2016 I established the Kemptville Pop-Up Shop Program through the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area (BIA) and was part of the volunteer team in Oxford Mills that funded and built the gazebo in Maplewood Park in 2017. These are just three of the initiatives I’ve played a leadership role in. (see my volunteer activities below)
BROUGHT BUSINESS EXPERIENCE
An accomplished film/video producer, I’ve produced more than 270 corporate and educational productions since winning the Canadian Independent Short Film Showcase award in 1983. I’ve been a champion of local small business since my involvement with the BIA starting in 2013. I’m an active member of both the North Grenville Economic Development Advisory Committee and the North Grenville Business Builders. In 2014 I was honoured to be nominated for the Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award. In 2016, I produced the video below for TD Graham+Associates and the Municipality of North Grenville
DEMONSTRATED COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY
I’ve been a member of the Board of Directors of the 2014 Dandelion Festival, the Kemptville Farmers’ Market, the Oxford Mills Community Association, and was a founding member of both the MyView Youth Film Festival and the 1812 Grenville Militia. In 2014 I worked as the Resource Developer for the Kemptville Youth Centre and have been the Executive Director of the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area since 2016.
What I’ll do:
HELP CREATE MORE LOCAL JOBS
I’ll work hard with other Councillors and the Mayor to create the conditions for local businesses to establish themselves and to grow thereby creating meaningful local employment. I’m a champion of local small business – they create 80% of new jobs and help provide a diversified economy.
HELP DEVELOP A RESILIENT DIVERSIFIED ECONOMY
I’ll work hard to develop and leverage North Grenville’s unique assets to spur economic development in a variety of sectors including education, local food production and distribution, tourism and information technology. A community is sustained by residents working locally not just sleeping here. We will always have people who commute to other regional centres to work but we need to balance and diversify our local economy in order to maintain the small town/home town qualities we all appreciate.
CONTINUE TO BUILD COMMUNITY
I’ll work hard to improve the collaboration and cooperation between citizens, community organizations and the Municipality through better communication, coordination and customer service excellence. I’ve worked with many diverse groups in North Grenville over the past ten years and helped them focus and achieve common goals, all for the greater good. I’ve helped create events and places, like the Dandelion Festival and the Kemptville Farmers’ Market, where people can meet their neighbours to share their stories and abilities. It’s amazing what connecting people can lead to – I’ve seen wonderful ideas and new businesses come from it. Community development is the quickest route to economic development.
What you can do:
One: Make sure you’re on the voters list and consider finding out more about the other candidates who want your vote so that you can make an informed decision. It’s easy to check online: www.voterlookup.ca. Convince a friend or neighbour who didn’t vote in the last election to get involved this time. You’ll both have a eight days to vote by phone or online – Oct 15th to Oct 22nd or you can vote in person on Oct 22nd at the Municipal Centre.
Two: Make a small donation. $10 to $15 covers the cost of an election sign, $45 to $50 covers the cost of a small ad in the local papers. I’d prefer to receive many small donations than a few large ones. Click on this button to donate easily online or write a cheque (see below).
Three: Take a lawn sign or write a brief testimonial. Show your support for my candidacy on your front lawn (there are a limited number of signs left) or let people read what you know about my character or abilities in two or three lines and let me post it.
Four: Reach out to me and let me know your concerns or ideas. Please don’t hesitate to contact me by Email: email@example.com or by Cell/Text: 613.322.8132 or in person during Talk to me Tuesday, every Tuesday morning (10am to noon) at Geronimo Coffee House, 146 Prescott Street, Downtown Kemptville.
Donate what you can ($5, $10, $25 …)
It takes volunteers and financial resources to run an effective campaign; signs, print ads, social media advertising and brochures, for example. When you donate, bear in mind that Municipal election law requires that you share your name and address with us so we can issue receipts for donations greater than $25. It also requires that all donations of $100 or more be listed publicly at the end of the campaign.
If by cheque, make it out to:
“John Barclay Campaign”
1804 Bedell Road RR#5
Kemptville ON K0G 1J0
John’s Volunteer Activities
- Director, 2014 – 2016, 2018 Kemptville Farmers’ Market
- Director, 2009 – 2018 Oxford Mills Community Association
- Member, 2015 – 2018 Economic Development Advisory Committee, Municipality of North Grenville
- Director, 2014 Dandelion Festival
- Member, 2013 – 2018 MyView Youth Film Festival Organizing Committee
- Member, 2013 – 2016 MarketPlates Organizing Committee
- Member, 2014 -2018 Kemptville College Renewal Task Force, Communications Sub-Committee
- Founding Member and Private, 1812 Grenville Militia
- Founding member and Executive Director, Triune Arts