Oakville Town Talk with Sean O'Meara
May 2, 2017
Note: Sean will be at OMDREB on May 5, 2017 for the inaugural Oakville Town Talk, which is SOLD OUT. Catch Sean at our next Oakville Town Talk on June 23. Click HERE to register.
OMDREB is excited to host Sean O’Meara, Regional and Town Councillor Ward 1, at our Oakville Town Talk. Sean will meet with our Membership on a regular basis and hold an informal chat about our town.
The father-of-two and his wife currently live in Bronte and he got his start in politics with Minister Kevin Flynn. He began his career in municipal politics in the year 2014.
“It was always something I had been close to and thought I could make a real impact in the Bronte community where [we] had settled down to raise our family,” he said. “I’ve been spending the last three years ... trying to figure out how everything work[s].”
“It’s been a wild ride so far, but I think I’m definitely in my groove now and understand where the pressure points are, and just trying to keep a pace on everything ,as it moves pretty quick.”
Sean is a long-time Oakville resident and is son of Shirley O’Meara, who is a long-time Member of OMDREB, so he knows a thing or two about the industry and how it affects his new-found political career.
“You just have to take a drive down any one of the streets in south-west Oakville and you get a sense for what’s happening,” he said. “The communities need to rejuvenate themselves ... It’s important that we make policies and we set decisions that can help rejuvenate these communities, and we need some younger families to come back into the community now. We need to have kids that can utilize our community centres, they can utilize our libraries.”
“In a sense, it’s working hand in glove with the real estate community, so they know what to tell their prospective clients.”
Connecting with the real estate industry through Oakville Town Talks at the Board office has been something Sean’s been looking forward to.
“[A lot] of the people in The Oakville, Milton and District Real Estate Board live [here] ... They work here, they own their own businesses, they understand what it is to get around at 4 o’clock in the afternoon.”
“I’m looking forward to allowing the opportunity to tell me what they think about the direction we’re headed.”
Sean plans to cover a range of topics in his Oakville Town Talks, including community centre development, planning and development, and even the demolition of the Oakville hospital. Sean is evidently knowledgeable in a lot of topics, but he doesn’t promise to have all the answers. “If anybody has questions at all, I don’t promise I’ll have all the answers, but I’m always willing to take it back and report back.”