Denis Welden is seeking a seat on Champlain Township council. Why?

“I’m tired of seeing things the way they are. Yes, we need more housing, but there are not a lot of commercial businesses that attract people to work here,” says Welden, who has been the owner of Welden Mechanical Services on High Street for 20 years.

Welden says that we need to figure out something for the young people, who need local employment instead of leaving the region to find work.

He also believes that the mentorship that comes with good job placements is often missing these days.

“I was lucky to have my Dad,” Welden says. Referring to the co-op student placements that are often available through local high schools, Welden wonders if such a program could be possible through a municipal program.

“Welden feels that a lot of good ideas have been lost over time. “I think it is time to bring back some of the old ways that are good,” says Welden, referring to work opportunities for youths.

Welden’s roots go deep in the community. His grandfather (a Durant) operated a business (dating back to 1876) on the very premises where Welden Mechanical Services is located today. He also counts McRaes and Vogans among his ancestors.

Welden says that running for council and serving as a councillor will be challenging, but that he is up for it.

“I’m honest, I’m as straightforward as I can be and I will not change the values I was brought up with,” he says, adding that because he works locally, he will always be at the ready to visit residents if they need him.

“I am ready to listen and I will work with people,” Welden continued, adding that he is ready to listen to people and will answer questions about his campaign and what he wants to bring to the council table.

“I am doing this to help my community and to help this town. I love the town and will do my best,” he ended.

Welden is seeking one of two council positions available to represent the ward of Vankleek Hill on Champlain Township council. There are three wards in Champlain Township: L’Orignal, West Hawkesbury, Longueuil and Vankleek Hill.

Welden shared his cell phone number for those who want to contact him. He can be reached by calling 613-306-0952.