Episode 1.03 – Councillor Chris Parker – Town of Tillsonburg

Chris Parker was born and raised in Tillsonburg. He has been married to his wife Rebecca for 4 years and they have a 2 year old Sheepadoodle named Teddy.

He attended Durham College in Oshawa and graduated from the Law and Security Administration Program and is currently enrolled in the AMCTO Municipal Administration Program.

Chris has worked as a production control specialist in the automotive industry for 12 years. Chris got involved in politics due to his heavy involvement in the community. Chris is the president of the Tillsonburg Men’s Slo-Pitch League, the Referee-In-Chief for Tillsonburg Minor Hockey and was the Charter President of the Tillsonburg and Area Optimist Club. In his free time enjoys playing slo-pitch, golf and tasting craft beer.

This is the first term for Chris on Municipal Council 

You can follow Chris on Social media on: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Full Episode

Councilor Parker Teaser 2

Challenges of keeping services open in smaller towns.

With all of our conversations we begin with the following topic areas beginning with the guests personal story, then rising through geography and people level to better understand their community and how it fits into SW Ontario. Some of the questions include but are not exclusive too:

  • Who are you? What is your day job (if not a full time politician)? How do you engage the community? Why did you run for council? What drives you?
  • Who are your people? If you represent a ward what does that ward look like (urban, suburban, rural)? Who are your constituents – what do they do for a living, what are the issues you see in your inbox or talking to people week in and out.
  • Describe your municipality as a whole. Paint a picture for someone who has not been to your town or community before or has only seen it as a sign on the side of a road. What is working, and what is not, what are you building towards?
  • What is your region, what is in common/different between your community and your neighbourhood? Most municipalities are a part of some upper tier government, how does your community fit into that upper tier?
  • Finally, how does your community and constituents fit into SW Ontario as a whole? Why should someone in Kitchener or London (as examples) care about your community? What should a Torontonian know about your community and why it is important?

Digging into specific issues:

  • COVID-19 Impacts – LTC, services
  • Economic Diversification – Closing of Sleiman’s plant
  • Affordable Housing and Growth – Boundary adjustments
  • Urban vs Rural divide in Oxford and Beyond.
  • Where do you want Port Colborne to be in 10 years? Challenges/Opportunities 
  • Magic policy wand – change one thing, what do you change and why?
  • And more!

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