Name: Mary Clare Latimer
Residence: Fairview Line, Chatham
Occupation: Self-employed community occupational therapist
Political experience: Participated in the 2014 municipal election campaign in bid for South Kent councillor position; current member of the CK-Accessibility Advisory Committee
“I’d like to see our municipal debt be reduced and spending streamlined, with reallocation of current resources toward: an effective repair/maintenance schedule for our current infrastructure roads/bridges/drains/buildings,” Latimer said.
She wants accessible and affordable transportation, with ride share program development encouraged, especially for those who have logistical difficulties getting to school or work.
Latimer also hopes for “accessible and affordable housing across Chatham-Kent, with home share program development encouraged, especially for those low income seniors and/or other socially disadvantaged individuals.”
She believes in investment in local entrepreneurship and diversification/expansion of agricultural business; community safety programs; and collaborative problem solving/relationship building between Indigenous populations and surrounding communities.
Age-friendly strategy implementation is also crucial, she said, along with incentives for cost-efficient, environmentally friendly residential and business practices.
Latimer said as an occupational therapist, she’s trained in functional analysis and problem solving.
She has volunteer leadership experience with the St. Clair Catholic District School Board, Special Education Advisory Committee; the C-K Learning Disabilities Association; the Windsor-C-K Multiple Sclerosis Society ;and the C-K Alzheimer Society.
She’s currently the C-K Catholic Women’s League regional chairperson for the London Diocese and is serving as president of the St. Joseph’s Harwich CWL parish council.