Jamaica-born Annette Groves is running for mayor of Caledon

Annette Groves

Jamaica-born Annette Groves who served for many years as area councillor and regional councillor in Peel, is now running for mayor of Caledon.

She is one of two candidates in the mayoral race and is running against Jennifer Innis, the current Ward 3 and 4 regional councillor in Caledon.

(Allan Thompson who has been the mayor of Caledon for more than seven years, announced last March that he would not be seeking re-election.)

Groves who came to Canada in 1979, has been living in Caledon for more than 30 years.

She had been a Ward 5 area councillor from 2000 to 2003 and a Ward 5 regional councillor from 2003 to 2010 and again from 2014 to 2018.

Groves told The Caribbean Camera that her campaign “is coming along very well.

“I have knocked on thousands and thousands of doors. I would say that I have met about 98 per cent of the residence in Caledon.

“And I have been receiving support from right across Caledon –not just in my ward. It’s humbling to see the support I have been receiving.”

Discussing plans for the development of the town, Groves spoke of the need to put things in place “in terms of services and infrastructure to handle the growth of Caledon.

“Right now we are unable to handle the growth that we have had over the last 10 years and the infrastructure is just not in place. So we need to reprioritize our core services and put money towards those services that really matter to the residents.”

Noting that Caledon has become “increasingly diverse over the last 10 to 12 years,” Groves also said that she is committed to funding events “that bring people together from all different backgrounds.”

Groves told The Caribbean Camera that next Monday’s election “will change the lives of people.

“So they must go out and vote for the candidate who is truly going to represent their needs and concerns.”