Local business owner running for Ward 3 in Wilmot

  • Community   Thu, Aug 25th, 2022   Veronica Reiner
Business owner Harvir Sidhu is running for Ward 3 in Wilmot Township. (Photo contributed)

Business owner Harvir Sidhu is running for Ward 3 in Wilmot Township. (Photo contributed)

By Veronica Reiner
Long time Baden resident and business owner Harvir Sidhu is throwing his hat in the ring and running for Ward 3 in Wilmot Township.
“I love the community and see so much potential,” said Sidhu. “What inspired me to run was having the ability to listen to everybody, voice their concerns, and be the person to help lead the ship for the next four years.”
Sidhu’s family moved to Tavistock when he was about four-years-old. His parents owned the Schell gas station near the historic Tavistock Gazette building on Woodstock Street South.
After 17 years of living in the area, he moved to Baden, where he has put down roots with his wife Tejvee, and his three sons, Jai, Jodh and Jovan.
“There’s a reason we chose Baden and decided to settle here,” said Sidhu. "We really do love the community."
Sidhu attended Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School in Baden, then Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. After that, he worked several jobs, such as a correctional officer, for about five years. Eventually, he decided to take over Twice the Deal Pizza in New Hamburg.
One of the most important issues for Sidhu as councillor is fiscal responsibility. “I have three boys under five, and they’re going to be growing up in this community just like I was.
“So I want to make sure we have the proper resources, and we’re spending the money in a responsible way, so the children and youth and everyone can enjoy the township and everything it has the offer moving forward.”
He has done his best to support the community through his business - for example, in July, Twice the Deal hosted a fundraiser for the Wilmot Terry Fox Run, which ended up raising $400 for cancer research. In December 2021, Sidhu and his team hosted the third annual Wilmot Girls Hockey Association pizza night, which raised about $650. Twice the Deal also donated to the new playground at Forest Glen Public School.
Sidhu is also involved with 100 Men of Wilmot who give a damn, a group dedicated to seeing their charitable efforts have a direct, immediate local impact. Every member who registers commits to donating $400 years - $100 per member, four times a year, to four different charities. The group has donated to Interfaith Counselling Centre, Wilmot Family Resource Centre, The Community Players, Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council, and more.
There is plenty more that Sidhu would like to do for the community. “I want to be able to expand on what we already have - so, for example, exploring the possibility of a dog park in Baden,” he said. “I know that’s been a larger business with some of the people I’ve chatted with.”
He also wants to look for ways to attract new businesses to the area, partly to ensure residents have everything they need to close proximity. “It’s nice being able to walk where you need to go and not having to walk into New Hamburg or Waterloo.”
For more information or to contact Sidhu, visit Harv4Council on Facebook.