Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Haldimand "Pitcher First to File for Elections"

I want to thank Cathy Pelletier for a great article!

For the past ten months I have been writing for the Dunnville Chronicle covering Haldimand County Council meetings and local politics. It has been a great learning experience for me and I am very fortunate that Bob Liddycoat (past editor of the Dunnville Chronicle) had faith in me when he asked me to write for the paper. Thanks Bob!

On Monday January 18, 2010, I registered as a candidate for the upcoming Municipal Elections that will take place on October 25, 2010. I am running in Ward 6 (Dunnville).

Last Friday I met with Cathy from the Dunnville Chronicle and we chatted for about an hour, (of course I could have talked about politics for hours and hours) the following article was in today's paper.

Pitcher First to File for Elections
January 27, 2010

Donna Pitcher was the first to sign up to run in this year's municipal elections.

First to register in Haldimand County for November's municipal elections, Donna Pitcher said it's her love of Dunnville that compelled her to run as a councillor in Ward 6.

"I have always loved Dunnville," said the South Cayuga resident. "I loved my months of being on the Disaster Relief Committee and though we did the fundraising County-wide, we did the bulk of it right here in Dunnville. It just confirmed to me I should represent the people of Dunnville."

After donating building materials to flood victims last February, she decided to join Haldimand's Disaster Relief Committee, singlehandedly bringing 7,000 empty beer cans and bottles to the liquor store during a fundraising bottle drive.

"My car smelled like liquor for three and a half months," she chuckled.

The self-described "family-oriented" leader with a passion for politics has been frequently vocal about issues affecting Haldimand residents, particularly during her 2005 crusade to keep Hydro local.

"Haldimand County discussed selling our Hydro for six months and announced they were putting it up for sale," stated Pitcher. "I collected 3,267 signatures and spoke at Council. Together, we were successful in keeping a strong business in Haldimand where it belongs."

Born and raised in Hamilton, Pitcher co-founded the Hamilton Parks Foundation, a beautification program partnering schools, City Council and employees, and since moving to South Cayuga in 1999, has been president of the thriving Community Hall for six years.

"I think in order to go into this type of work, you have to have a certain amount of work experience, life experience, and people experience," as well as community involvement, she said.
"You can't promise to change things because in reality, you're only one vote. However, I promise I will stand up and be your voice. The first place anyone can make a difference is at the grassroots level."

A firm believer in fiscal responsibility to taxpayers, "I will never put myself above others" if elected, said Pitcher, adding she gained "so much experience" and a broader perspective while covering Council as a freelance writer for the Chronicle the past 10 months.

"When I was going to Council extensively on my own before that, it was different than reporting and interviewing, when you get to hear from the general public," she said.

Married to Ted for 35 years, she's the mother of Melanie and grandmother of two. An outside sales rep for 10 years, Pitcher worked with hydraulics and pneumatics in a job that taught her to routinely handle crisis situations.

"I built and designed power units. I'm the second woman to receive my Fluid Power certification."

More recently, she began her own business, called Pitcher's Cove Welding. "When I get frustrated, I love to bend steel." Donna's Critters, cowboy dinner bells and other steel crafts are the creative result.

When not bending steel or riding Haldimand's roads with Ted on their Harley, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


  1. It's time for the people of Dunnville to awaken and choose to make the difference. The time has come where the people of Dunnville must realize that " Dunnville needs a voice ",.... a fresh voice that it willing to make that difference.

    Go Donna Go !


  2. It's time for the people of Dunnville to awaken and choose to make the difference. The time has come where the people of Dunnville must realize that " Dunnville needs a voice ",.... a fresh voice that is willing to make that difference.

    Go Donna Go !


  3. OMG,.... I blew the first post... lol...

  4. Thanks Dennis for your comment and your support.

  5. Donna the best of luck, you will make a good council member and will be a good strong voice for Dunnville, you have our support
    Anne and Bill

  6. Congrats and good luck, Donna! You're a genuine listener and you stand up for what you believe. Wish I lived there so I could vote for you.

  7. Very good news Donna, it was nice of the paper to put your story on the front page. You have gained much respect the last ten months writing for the paper, good luck, you will do a good job for the people of Dunnville. Joe

  8. Donna;being a small owner and operator of a business in Dunnville, i am so much looking forward to voting for someone that will answer our calls for action.Saying this, i have asked numerous times by asking the existing councillor only to be ignored and shoved to others.I wish you all the luck,and you have my vote.If by chance you need any help with your election, installing signs,etc, please contact me, i can and will help.thanks,Craig

    1. As a small business owner Craig Duvall, I paid $1200 cash as requested for work on my trailer and 6 phone calls for some small warranty work over 5 weeks were not returned...I managed to find him and then all i got was a harassing call back, he didnt even ask what the problem was, and said his work is perfect, see you in court. Calling the Better Business Bureau now :)

    2. He burns everyone. Take him to court. You can find him at Knights Beach.

    3. Im a customer too and Craig Duvall burned me too for quite a bit of cash. What can we do about this idiot? He takes your money for parts and then never shows for the job. zhe doesnt return your calls and makes all kinds of promises. Apparently there are lots of people after him for the same reasons. What can we do about the RV GUY?

  9. I am a little behind in my posts. Thanks for your support and comments. I am on the campaign trail every day now, whether it is speaking to a business owner, a resident on the street or on the phone. The feedback has been very positive.