Mike Dell aims for a seat on Callander’s council

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Callander has another contender for municipal council, as Mike Dell has filed to add his name to the ballot. There are now four candidates as Dillon Anderson has filed, as have incumbents Jordy Carr and Irene Smit. There are four council seats available, and as of now, Daryl Vaillancourt and Robb Noon are running for mayor.

See: Dillon Anderson is ready to run for Callander council

Dell provided a press release to BayToday announcing his candidacy and mentioned one of his main goals once elected is to focus “on effective communication” between the municipality and the community, and work to ensure “a pedestrian-friendly Main Street and downtown,” while continuing to build a strong “community identity we can all be proud of.”

Things are going well for Callander, Dell enthused, and he’s happy to see the beginnings of the Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization plan, including the new playground, and the new gazebos at Centennial Park and the Municipal Dock.

See: Vaillancourt first to the gate for Callander’s mayoral race

“This is an exciting time for Callander,” and Dell sees a lot of potential still. “I want to keep the momentum going in a forward direction—that’s why I want to be your councillor.”

Dell grew up in the community, and he has lived in Toronto, Berlin, Tokyo, and other cities for work, but as of 2016, Dell calls Callander home again. He and his wife run a branding agency that works with “luxury, eco-focused hotels in Costa Rica and Panama,” Dell explained. These hotels are smaller, “owner-involved” businesses that work “closely with the community,” and he mentioned this experience can be applied to attracting visitors and new residents to Callander.

See: Robb Noon is running for mayor of Callander

“We’ve seen what’s possible when the right partners, businesses and resources come together within the community—all guided by a bright vision for thoughtful development and an appreciation for the natural environment,” Dell said. “I believe this is also possible for Callander.”

Increasing communication between Town Hall and the people “is key,” Dell emphasized, adding that this will help “build trust, share information and nurture open dialogue” between all parties. This could be through more town hall meetings, social media, newsletters to residents, because “when communication is regular and consistent with the community, we can exchange ideas, know what to expect of each other, and ultimately, make things happen” in Callander.

As for improving downtown and making it more pedestrian friendly, Dell envisions a Main Street area where folks can walk, eat, “and enjoy the beaches and green spaces,” without feeling at risk of “being run-over by speeding vehicles.” Focusing on pedestrian-friendly spaces “helps build communities.”

Overall, Dell is eager to share “creative ideas,” and offer a “fresh perspective” at the council table. For more information, feel free to send Dell an email at hello@mikedell.ca or visit his website at www.mikedell.ca.

David Briggs is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of BayToday, a publication of Village Media. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca