Brian-OLeary-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Hockey has been a huge part of Brian O'Leary's life, but he has always had an interest in that other sport - local politics. Now that he has the time, he has come off the bench and joined the team at Owen Sound city council. "Sometimes it's better to get involved than to sit back and complain," he said in an interview.

Recently O'Leary has observed that the Owen Sound council did not have a good chemistry, didn't seem to get along. "I see the council as a team, with the mayor as the captain. Just like in a hockey team, it is extremely important to have a strong captain."

Koepkes-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

In 2010 Marion Koepke packed up her desk and left her job as Owen Sound City Clerk to join her husband in retirement. This year Koepke will be returning to city hall with a seat on the council.

There is no doubt she knows what she is getting into. Over 26 years in several positions at the city Koepke worked with dozens of elected officials, and prepared thousands of pages of council agendas, and took minutes at the small desk below the council seats. She said in an interview that recently she could see that there was not a good feeling at city, and some councillors former and current encouraged her to bring her skills to the council table.

dodd-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

When the first election results were released Monday night, Travis Dodd was at a loss for words. The first-time candidate for Owen Sound council had the second highest number of votes, and remained in that position for the rest of the evening. "I was not expecting that – but very honoured that so many had reacted positively to what I was saying during the campaign, " said Dodd in an interview. In the end, almost 53% of voters had marked his name on their ballot.

wright-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

After being acclaimed as the city's county councillor in the past two elections, Arlene Wright says it is a very different feeling being elected by her community as Deputy Mayor. The position was only created by council in 2012, but it will return her to both the city council and Grey county council tables.

Wright had announced her retirement almost three years ago for personal reasons, and was briefly concerned she would not be complete her term, but those issues are resolved and she is eager to continue her public work.

Wright is disappointed there were so few women elected, as she believes women have a different perspective from men. "Women tend to be more compassionate, and they bring skills from running a home," she said. She credits some of that "homemaking style" for her success as a two-term Grey county warden. "Having a cookie jar - something set aside for a rainy day - that's a woman's style."

greig-regBy Anne Finlay-Stewart

Catching up with Scott Greig is not an easy thing. The marathoner and owner of The Runners Den in Downtown Owen Sound is an energetic man, and he is about to add the responsibilities of city councillor to his daily routines.

"I'll be listening before I speak of course", Greig said of being a new councillor. After orientation, he believes the council's first order of business will be to examine their commitments five-ten-fifteen years down the road in order to make appropriate decisions for today. Every capital grant comes with a need for operating funds, he cited as an example. "We need to create windows of opportunity and balance them with the commitments that come with these grants so we can select the best projects." He is looking forward to the energy and ideas of the new councillors, and working with them as a team.

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