Clarke Kelly is a dedicated member of the West Carleton-March community, where he was born and raised and still calls home today. Clarke’s roots in the community are deep, having attended schools in Kinburn, Fitzroy Harbour, and then high school at West Carleton Secondary School. He understands what it is like to grow up, live, and work in Ward 5.
From a young age, Clarke has had a passion for public policy and civic engagement. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Carleton University and a diploma in Communication and Media Studies from Algonquin College. Clarke brings a diverse and relevant background of professional experience, including mental health and addictions, not-for-profit fundraising, and coordination for community-based poverty reduction projects.
"My vision is about supporting a community that is affordable, safe, and prosperous, while maintaining and protecting the rural beauty that we cherish and enjoy."
It’s difficult to express how excited and honoured I am to have been chosen Councillor of Ward 5.
I’m taking steps to deliver on the priorities discussed during the election, working to address issues with our roads and our emergency services and am committed to improving both. I aim to take a realistic look at best practices to deliver reliable emergency services to rural areas and work with City staff and stakeholders to provide residents with noticeable, and improved outcomes.
I have started working towards re-establishing the Rural Summit which will provide council with a better understanding of the unique needs of rural wards like ours and help guide our policies moving forward.
I look forward to the hard but rewarding work ahead in serving the people of West Carleton-March and working with all of you in making our community and City a better place.