Debi Katsmar - Ward 2 Council Candidate, City of Welland - she gets things done!
Debi Katsmar is a fun-loving, eager, dedicated and hard-working business owner in Welland, who loves to help, fight for the under-dog and make things happen. She is self-employed in the marketing industry as President of PRowl Communications. Debi has helped small business grow on the local, national and international level for 30+ years. Her clients are quick to say, she goes above and beyond what she is hired to do - always willing to answer a question and provide a little extra information when asked. Debi is also a crochet designer having sold her patterns to crocheters throughout the world. Her patterns have been published periodically in books and magazines for more than 20 years. As a horse-lover, Debi also operated a riding stable for more than 10 years, bringing tourists from around the world for her 'Ride Wine and Dine', horseback trail ride as well as developed a local online Equine Magazine for Niagara horse enthusiasts which she later sold to an Ontario wide publication. Connecting Niagara was also established by Debi in 2010 as a means of keeping Niagara residents informed of all that is happening locally.
As a mother of two boys, and a step-mom to another boy -- all in their 20s and all with an entrepreneurial spirit and successful careers started, Debi understands millennials. In her 50s, she is young enough to want to do more and old enough to know better. She loves seeing children, parents, seniors and business owners thrive in the community. She has an in-depth knowledge of technology, but believes in-person networking and communication is still the best way to interact. She loves meeting new people, developing relationships and solving problems - she's always up for a challenge and organizing others for a common good.
Born in Guelph, Ontario, moving to St. Catharines in 1979, Debi is a new-comer to Welland. Debi and her husband moved to Welland for the first time about 7 years ago, living here for just over 2 years. With a change of business for her husband, they moved to Niagara Falls for 2 1/2 years. After circumstances changed, they moved back to Welland 3 years ago -- Debi missed the City with the small town feel, a place where it seems everyone knows everyone else and all are willing to help each other.
Debi loves the outdoors, nature and her pets (two dogs, a cat and even her chickens). You can take the girl out of the country-life, but you can't take the country-life out of the girl. She enjoys reading, crocheting, painting, and leather tooling in her spare time (which is rare). She also has a love of owls -- you'll see - she has owl everything!
As you get to know Debi Katsmar, you'll know she is never bored, she is an open-book, she listens, loves to help and has one motto: "If it has to be, it's up to me!"
In the Community
One of the main reasons Debi Katsmar moved back to Welland was the commitment she saw of everyone here to build community and see the City and its citizens thrive. A happening City with so many committed individuals helping to make Welland that much more! Debi wanted to be part of this community spirit and drive!
Shortly after moving back to Welland in 2015, Debi volunteered to sit on the Canada 150 in Welland Ad Hoc Committee - a committee formed at the suggestion of Councillor Bonnie Fokkens of Ward 6. Debi put her name forward for chairperson at the time, but given few in the room knew her, she was defeated in her bid for the position. However about six months later, circumstances on the committee changed, Debi stepped up to become the chairperson of the highly successful Canada 150 Celebrations in Welland. This committee (16 members strong) worked tirelessly for 2 1/2 years to bring one of the most successful Canada 150 Celebrations in Niagara to the residents of Welland - events that kicked off in 2016 and monthly throughout 2017.
Through her business Debi has also worked with the Welland Rose Festival, Welland Floatfest, Niagara Regional Exhibition and various other organizations and individuals helping to raise money for The Hope Centre and Rose City Kids.
Seeing the level of enthusiasm for Welland and meeting so many residents of the Rose City throughout the last few years is what has inspired Debi's desire to run for council. She wants to do more!
- Canada 150 Award Recipient from MP Niagara Centre, Vance Badawey 2018
- Chairperson / Director of Marketing: Canada's 150th in Welland Ad Hoc Committee 2015 - 2017
- Maryann Christoff Ruby Award Nominee Welland / Pelham Chamber of Commerce 2017
- Director: Port Colborne / Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce 2015 - 2017
- Women in Business Ruby Award Nominee Welland / Pelham Chamber of Commerce 2014
- President: Upper Canada Equestrian Association 2012-2014
- Past-President: Upper Canada Equestrian Association 2012-2014
- Founder Niagara Trails Committee with the help of the Ontario Trails Council in response to East Side Trail cancellation by the City of Welland 2012 (stepped aside due to family emergency, Tracy Lynn became President)
- President: Upper Canada Equestrian Association 2010-2012
- Initiated Save the NRP Mounted Police Unit 2010
- Save St. John's Fire Station 2006?
- Director of Marketing: Multiple Sclerosis Association of Niagara 1987-1989
- Spearheaded Fundraising Campaign Cookbook for Multiple Sclerosis Association of Niagara 1988
- Secretary: Club The Netherlands 1985-1986
- Welland / Pelham Chamber of Commerce
- Pelham Business Association
- Crochet Guild of America
- Beer Collector's Club of Niagara
What you need to know about voting in the 2018 Municipal Elections in Welland #niagaravotes2018
Sunnyside Dairy event at Seaway Mall with the Welland Historical Museum thanks to the efforts of Brad Ulch and others in the community.
Advance polls start October 6th, and the 9th through the 13th. Bring the children too - they can vote for their favourite Star Wars Character.