James Hoyes – for Aurora Council

Leadership that Listens

Twenty one years, ago my wife Lori and I bought our first home in Aurora. As we settled in, we found so many great things about our new town. It had all we could want or need to raise a family. Both of our sons were born and have grown up in Aurora. We became more involved in volunteering as the boys got older and involved in sports and clubs. Over the years, I have coached soccer, served on parent committees and volunteered for music events, just to name a few.

Fast forward to today, my oldest son is now serving in the Canadian Armed Forces and the youngest one is finishing up High school. We still live in the same house and over these years we have been committed to our community by volunteering where we can. Being a volunteer has been a rewarding experience but more importantly it demonstrates our passion to improve the lives of fellow Aurorans.

Key Pillars of Leadership

Accountable and Accessible

  • Open and honest discussion.
  • Answer emails and phone calls promptly.
  • To be accountable, you need to be accessible.
  • Be available to meet and listen to residents in a timely fashion.
  • Attend most Town functions and be approachable.

Business Experience
I have owned and managed several successful businesses in the transportation industry. Aurora’s multi-million dollar budget requires an understanding of business principles, budgeting and diligent oversight. I believe I am strong in these areas.

Commitment to Community
A candidate should have a current record of service to the community.

My Service:

  • Town Heritage Advisory committee member.
  • Heritage Evaluation subcommittee member.
  • Accessibility Advisory committee member.
  • Recipient of Canada 150 Volunteer Award.
  • Royal Canadian Legion – Recipient of Certificate of Appreciation for volunteerism.
  • Queens York Rangers Army Cadet Corps Support Committee.
  • Aurora Historical Society member and volunteer.
  • Magna Hoedown volunteer for the last 4 years.
  • Run for Southlake technical volunteer.
  • Technical support Aurora Winter Blues Festival, Aurora Music Festival, Newmarket Music Festival, Culture Bridge Festival.
  • Town run events such as Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, The Haunted Forest, and The Easter Egg Hunt.

Accomplishments

  • Advised Council in areas of accessibly in Town facilities.
  • Encouraged and improved access to the Leisure Complex (AFLC): door openers and rear door access.
  • Continued recommendations of the redesign of Library Square to provide adequate accessible parking.
  • Evaluated and recommended Heritage buildings for the impending designation of the Downtown District.
  • Recommended to Council to designate other Heritage sites and landscapes such as Town Park.
  • Engaged in Town business by attendance at over 85% of the last term Council meetings, including delegations for my neighbourhood.

Future Goals

  • To put residents first by listening to your concerns and to represent your vision on Council.
  • To work hard to resolve everyday challenges of the residents.
  • Bring to Staff concerns about daily services like garbage pickup, snow removal and to return the availably of windrow clearing.
  • Continue oversight on Library Square development and the Armoury site to ensure responsible spending and a more inclusive public space.
  • Preserve the stable neighbourhoods of Aurora Heights, Regency Acres and Town Park, ensuring we maintain compatible builds.

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