Episode 2.03 – Deputy Mayor Kelly Elliot of Thames Centre

Kelly Elliott is the Deputy Mayor for the Municipality of Thames Centre, as well as Councillor with Middlesex County. She is a member of the Women’s Caucus of Middlesex County Council, Director with both the Ontario Good Roads Association and Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Board Member of the Middlesex-London Health Unit. She sits on various Committees both on a local and federal level. Outside of her Council duties, Kelly is a business owner and a proud baseball/hockey/soccer Mom of two kids who spends most of her free time watching her kids play. 

Twitter: @kellyelliottmcm


Music notes
Deadly Roulette by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3625-deadly-roulette
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license
The Middlesex County Women’s Caucus

To frame the conversation below are some topic areas.The first half of the show is standardized (more or less) with each guest talking through these themes.

  • The first part begins with you, as we introduce you as the guest. 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/whole community what does it 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? .
    • You are the first deputy mayor we have had on so what does a Deputy Mayor do in Thames Centre? 
  • 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?

The second half of the show is a bit more political/policy related. We may not get to all of these topics and this might not be the order we discuss them in.

  • COVID Impacts on Thames Centre? 
    • What would be talking about if COVID didn’t happen?
  • Female elected officials banding together forming a woman’s caucus
    • Your council make up seems to be unique where Mayor and Deputy Mayor are female and the rest of council are male. 
      • Can you talk about that Council Dynamic at all? 
  • Provincial Budget is March 24th, anything you are watching for? 
  • The relationship with London? Directly the City. 
  • Rural Broadband – SWIFT investment?
  • Where do you want Thames Centre to be in 10 or 20 years? What are the Challenges/Opportunities 
  • Magic policy wand – change one thing, what do you change and why?

Thames Centre

Wards

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