WINCHESTER – A self-described “political junkie” is the latest to put his name in for consideration in this fall’s municipal election.
A longtime face on the national culinary scene, Winchester’s Tim Wasylko intends to vie for a councillor’s seat in North Dundas.
“I want it to be seen that being a councillor is more than just showing up for the cutting of a ribbon… It’s about being fully immersed in the community,” he told the Winchester Press.
For some time, Wasylko said he has done just that, with sons playing with the North Dundas Minor Hockey Association and minor ball, and a daughter with involvement in the Winchester Skating Club, as well as a winning softball team.
This amount of time spent at the Joel Steele Community Centre or the arena in Chesterville has led to countless conversations about the state of the municipality.
“I won’t say we’re going sideways or anything like that… I actually think things are going pretty well – there’s no big drama,” he said. “But there are a lot of families here now with young children, and I want to continue to share this as a great place to raise them.”
With a Ukrainian background, Wasylko joked that his biggest task heading into the election may be ensuring people can correctly pronounce his last name.
Beyond that, he grew up in Munster Hamlet, now part of the city of Ottawa, before he and his wife, Laura Fletcher moved to Kemptville. After that stop, the pair became co-owners of County Road 31’s Winchelsea Events.
Mixed in is five years cooking in Mexico, eight months serving food to Canadian Forces’ members in Afghanistan, and a six-year stint as chef for former Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his family at 24 Sussex.
Today, he works as the director of food and beverage at Ottawa’s Infinity Convention Centre.
“It allows me a lot more time to devote myself to the needs of North Dundas,” Wasylko said. “There are a lot of great things happening here, things that make the community thrive, and I hope to get the opportunity to continue with those.”
The candidate period for this fall’s election officially opens Tues., May 1, before closing on Fri., July 27. Election day is set for Mon., Oct. 22.
Already both Councillor Tony Fraser and Deputy-Mayor Gerry Boyce have made it known they’ll be vying for the mayor’s seat.