Rosalyn Gonsalves – Retired General Manager, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Member Aurora Optimist Club, Recipient Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal

“Aurora has been very important to me since I moved here in 1980 with my husband and two young children.  In 1985 I joined the Aurora Chamber of Commerce as its General Manager, a position I held for 21 years, until my retirement in 2006.  During my tenure, the Chamber was revitalized and grew to be one of the most successful in Ontario.  The popular annual Aurora Home Show was started in 1987 and still continues today.

I have always been keenly interested in all matters relating to the town’s growth and development and recently, I have been very concerned with the overwhelming growth patterns and what appears to be a complete lack of planning or community involvement in this accelerated expansion of the town.

Of all the candidates who have declared so far, Tom Mrakas is the only most interested in the town’s future development and is diligent in keeping Aurora residents well informed of the developments and decisions made by Council.  

Ever since they arrived in Aurora, Tom and his wife, Alison , have been active volunteers in several fundraising committees and community events in the town.   Tom has been an active participant on many town committees and Boards, but his most important service since being elected to Council four years ago, is representing the residents of Aurora in a professional and conscientious manner.  Tom is a great believer in “Getting Things Done.”

Tom has many accomplishments during his four years on Council, and of particular note, is spearheading the movement for the eventual dissolution of the Ontario Municipal Board.  Tom is a firm believer in adhering to the Town’s Official Plan as proven by his position and his vote against the Highland Gate development in its present form.  The Cultural Precinct and revitalization of Library Square is another one of Tom’s jewels and proves that with successful collaboration, consensus building and decisions that serve all members of our community, we can achieve the best results.

It’s time for a change and I believe that Aurora needs a Mayor that is Decisive, Responsive, Dedicated and Committed.


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