Cheryl Beemer, a registered nurse living in Caledonia and working at Hamilton General Hospital, says she began thinking of running for town council in the 1990’s after two neighbours died of cardiac arrest on two separate occasions while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
Beemer began advocating for 911 and improved ambulance service in Caledonia and Haldimand County. Her dogged lobbying continued for an almost unbelievable 11 years until an ambulance station in Caledonia and improved emergency services across Haldimand County were instated.
Now, with plans to retire from nursing early next year, she feels she will have the time to dedicate to Council, and continue with her community improvement goals.
“I have always been active in my community and within my profession,” she says. “If I am elected on October 22 my goal is to bring a long-term care facility to Caledonia which would include respite and hospice care.
“I would like to assist with the challenges of accessible and affordable child care along with before and after school programming.”
“I will also advocate for continued improvement of our aging infrastructure, providing recreation facilities and economic development that will provide local employment opportunities and encourage our young people to stay in the community.”
Acknowledging the barriers that restrict free movement for residents of Haldimand who do not have a vehicle, Beemer would like to help build a public transit model that would allow residents to move within Haldimand and to neighbouring cities.
A resident of Caledonia since 1986, Cheryl and her husband Gary have two adult children, Sarrah a teacher and Jeff who works in advertising.