Patsy Young making bid for Ennismore Ward council seat on Selwyn Township council

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As chaplain at St. Peter Secondary School in Peterborough, Patsy Young was often tasked with listening and helping her students. Now retired, she’s vowing to do the same for her fellow Ennismore residents.

Young is running to represent the ward on Selwyn Township council.

“It just felt right to throw my hat in and see how I could serve the people of Ennismore,”

“I raised my family here. My grandchildren are here now. I have a vested interest in the community and I believe that’s very important.”

Young, who lives on a beef, cow and calf farm with her husband, is running against hopeful Mary Coulas. Both are newcomers to municipal politics.

While Young hasn’t served on council before, she hopes voters will recognize her years experience serving on a number of local boards and committees.

Young served on the Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board religion and family life committee for two decades and acted as president of St. Martin’s Catholic Women’s League. She was the president of the Ennismore Figure Skating Club and an executive with Ennismore Minor Hockey.

Young’s decision to run for council came just recently after learning Ennismore Ward Coun. Donna Ballantyne is not seeking re-election after serving more than two decades at the post.

“I see this as an opportunity to serve the community and follow in the footsteps of (Ballantyne). It just felt right to throw my hat in and see how I could serve the people of Ennismore.”

Based on some early canvassing and talks with neighbours and community members, Young has identified several local priorities. If elected, Young says she’ll push for the former Ennismore library to be transformed into a new medical centre with the goal of attracting physicians to the community.

Establishing a seniors home and a splash pad near the Ennismore Community Centre are also on Young’s checklist.

Broadly, the would-be councillor wants to foster economic growth in her home ward and aims to ensure that the amalgamated township doesn’t leave Ennismore behind when it comes to new development and prosperity.

With deep roots in Ennismore, Young hopes voters will choose her as a candidate based on her commitment to the community and her dedication to serving its residents.

“My hope for our collective future is that we have opportunities for economic growth; that, together, we can make a difference in what and who we will become.”

Brendan Burke is a staff reporter at the Examiner. His reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. Reach him at

Brendan Burke, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Peterborough Examiner

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