(The following was edited on Sept 26, 2018 to reflect earlier edits that did not appear in the original-we apologize for the oversight)
Terry Hickey is a 1972 graduate in English Literature and Classics from Trent University, and later completed Teacher’s College in Peterborough. He is married with three children, taught school for 9 years, and then moved to Toronto in 1981, where he got involved in computer hardware and software, developing TV shopping for clients in the U.S., England and Germany among other things. He moved to Port Hope in 2006, and soon after became involved in the local ratepayers group, later becoming President. When attending council meetings, which he did on on a regular basis, he thought he could do better, and first ran for council in 2014.
During that 4 year term, he was given the public works portfolio, and immediately immersed himself into all of the responsibilities of the department, attending staff meetings not as a boss, but to ask questions, and in turn be able to answer questions at council about Public Works, rather than having to defer questions. As noted in his campaign brochure,he takes pride in having spearheaded a number of successful ventures, including the replacement of the Barrett Street bridge (saving an estimated $80K alone on the removal of the old bridge by partnering with the Army Corp of Engineers), and improving the transit system after taking the time to ride the existing bus routes, and finding out for himself what was needed going forward (changing and extending routes, switching away from contracting out, using van buses, and implementing computer control.
His approach to doing better on council involves five steps:
- doing a thorough needs analysis (and if it doesn’t need fixing, leave it alone).
- formulating a plan
- developing tactics for implementation
- managing the plan
- measuring the results.
How does he propose using his five step process on the issue of Ward Street? He first visited the care facility, and came away believing it was a needed resource in the community, and that Southbridge, the owner operator, was a very reputable firm. He therefore wanted to vote against heritage designation of the site, but went along with the mayor’s call for a unanimous vote, only to ensure that Southbridge was committed to the project. Since then, he has brought forward a motion to reconsider, which he hopes will gather enough support for the planning process to begin anew.
However, this and many other issues make him believe he needs to be mayor to achieve improvements for local residents. Included in his list is getting the rural community more engaged, helping facilitate rural internet expansion though partnership with other levels of government, stimulating further growth to attract new families to the town (its not a retirement community, he stresses), improving the West Beach after PHIA rehab work is completed, and improving Via service and establishing better connection with GO train service.
He would be a full time mayor, and not just for one term, but two - to be able to see the 6-8 year PHIA project through to completion. He would bring a decentralized approach to the office, work hard to build consensus, establish solid communications with the community, and above all, show respect at all times. If elected, he says, he would be “given a basket of trust, and would try to earn it”.