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Our Leader Spotlight – Tara Stephens

City Clerk, City of Welland

This series is dedicated to introducing and celebrating the participants of the ACL+ 2021 program. Each week, we will focus on one of our leaders, sharing a little bit about them and what motivates them to explore community leadership in Niagara.

Tara is a proud Niagara College graduate of the Office Administration Executive Program, which assisted her in landing a position with the City of Welland.

Tara has worked for the municipality for over 14 years and has been the City Clerk for Welland for over 5 years. Tara started her career as the Receptionist and over the years worked her way through the ranks to City Clerk.

Tara has focused a lot of her personal time towards furthering her education to prepare her for success. Those programs include the Association of Municipal Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) Municipal Law Program, Employment and Human Resources, Municipal Finance and Municipal Administration, and an Occupational Health and Safety certificate from Niagara College.

Why are you personally motivated to explore civic leadership?

I am motivated to explore civic leadership as the City of Welland is growing and I want to explore opportunities to assist with the growth.

Civic leadership helps in creating a successful community, and I want to be a part of the process. I enjoy working for the community and making a difference for the residents of Welland.

The more forward-thinking we can be for the community, the faster the community will grow.

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

In my opinion, an issue that municipalities and its residents are currently facing is adapting quickly to a virtual world. This has become a focus for most municipalities since COVID 19 began. Municipalities are exploring ways to adapt to a virtual world, with the ability to maintain services to residents.

Municipalities must ensure that communications are provided to ensure that residents, stakeholders and community partners understand the changing processes and the ongoing advancement of those services. Municipalities are focusing a lot of their efforts on ensuring the community is aware of the changes that we are currently facing on a daily basis due to COVID 19.

What individual attributes do you hope to develop or expand upon?

I look forward to networking with other professionals from around the Niagara Region who are also motivated towards Civic Leadership and improving our communities.

I want to explore new ideas that will help move the community forward and add to my career portfolio.

I believe there is always room for improvement, and I am looking forward to enhancing my skills as a community representative, in order to move the community forward and grow with the City of Welland.

May 3rd, 2021