(Waterloo, ON) Jim Erb, a lifelong resident of Waterloo Region, has registered to be a candidate for Regional Council in the upcoming municipal election to represent the City of Waterloo. Erb is no stranger to public service, previously serving eight years on Waterloo City Council.
“Like many in our community, I believe new voices around the Regional council table are important to ensure municipal government is continually renewed to acknowledge the changing face of our community,” said Erb. “It’s time for change. We need leaders who can bring a new voice, new ideas and a new vision where everyone feels they are included and belong.”
Erb has a long history of being involved in the community, both as a small business owner and active community volunteer. He understands the need to ensure a community has a strong economy and jobs for everyone, while also making sure it is a caring community that takes care of people in need.
On the business front, Erb successfully owned and operated Erb & Good Family Funeral Home in Waterloo for 30 years. He understands the importance of meeting a weekly payroll and the need to be a good manager. As a volunteer, one of Erb’s most rewarding roles has been as an active member of the Kitchener Conestoga Rotary Club for 35 years, serving for eight of those years as chair of the annual Turkey Drive in support of House of Friendship’s Christmas Hamper Program. During his time with the Rotary Club, he has helped raise millions of dollars for families in need.
Erb’s community service has been recognized with a number of honours including being named Citizen of the Year, receiving both the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Medals, and being given the Canadian Caring Award by Governor General David Johnston.
“I believe my experience as a small business owner and active community volunteer will bring an experienced voice to municipal government,” said Erb. “We need to work to create a community where the wellbeing of everyone is a priority. My vision for the future of our Region is where everyone feels they are included and belong. I look forward to working hard to help make that happen and continue to make this a great community to work and raise a family.”
Over the next few months, Erb says he plans on meeting with a number of people representing a crosssection of Waterloo to learn about their ideas on how to make the community better for everyone. People will choose their next Regional Council on October 22nd.
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