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ACL Leader in Focus – Tom Czarniak

Tom Czarniak has been living in the Niagara Region for almost 30 years. During his career, he has developed an expertise in Manufacturing, Design, Operations, Quality Control, and Sales. He currently works in the Rebar Sales Department at Salit Steel.

Tom is very passionate about cycling and is a proud member of Steve’s Cycle Paths cycling team that collectively raises over 1 million dollars annually benefiting the Princess Margaret Research Cancer Centre.

His education includes a College Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology, and certification with the Ontario Association of Certified Technologists and Technicians. (C. Tech).

In your view, what’s the most important attribute of a leader?

Exemplifying honesty and integrity in all aspects of leadership, especially in times when difficult decisions are in play. Clear, honest and open communication within a team is imperative to achieve positive outcomes. Strong leadership is validated when a leader can demonstrate integrity and honesty such that it inspires others to exemplify these behaviours while achieving success and common vision.

How do you define civic leadership?

A civic leader volunteers his time, knowledge and passion to promote an extraordinary quality of life within their community. Through inspiration, motivation, and service, the leader shares the vision in order to improve the lives of others as they seek support and assistance.

Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?

I believe you become the person you are by the people you surround yourself with. Interacting and working with leaders and like-minded individuals will give me an opportunity to further develop in my personal and professional goals in life and contribute to others. Collectively, we will be able to add value and create positive social change in our community.

What, in your view, is the most significant issue/opportunity facing our community? Why?

Niagara continues to be a blooming community and has welcomed a tremendous amount of newcomers to the region in the last 5 years. Homelessness and affordable housing continue to present a challenge for individuals as we continuously grow within our regions. We are currently in a great position and have a tremendous opportunity to become a stronger society. Learning from our surrounding cities and having a positive growth mindset will be the key to our success.

November 18th, 2019