Guelph Tribune Ward 5 Candidate Questionnaire
In addition to my current position as city councillor, I work in the communications field as a writer/editor/researcher and graphic designer. I have over 25 years work experience in education, non-profit and the private sector.
HOW WILL YOUR BACKGROUND HELP CITY COUNCIL?
I never underestimate the importance of thorough research and communication. Understanding issues, listening to all voices, dissecting the facts, examining best practices, asking questions and analyzing alternatives help a councillor to make the best possible decision. Many of the decisions that councillors make will have a lasting impact on the next generation.
HOW DID COUNCIL DO IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS?
Excellent. Our first order of business in 2006 was to create, in partnership with the community, a strategic plan to guide us. We completed backlogged initiatives and have set the wheels in motion for some very exciting and innovative projects that will yield fruit in the next term — such as water conservation and supply, natural heritage preservation, economic development projects, community energy generation, infrastructure renewal, transit sustainability and growth management. During the worst global recession since the 1930s, we maintained our AA credit rating, attracted new jobs, increased reserves and developed new debt management policies and capital spending limits.
WHAT’S THE MOOD OF THE ELECTORATE?
I hear an incredible buzz of optimism. Guelph has a lot going for it, and citizens understand that city council plays a major role in keeping our community on the leading edge of wellness, environmental stewardship and economic prosperity. Even the road construction is a good sign — that we are prospering and thriving and looking to the future.
WHAT SHOULD COUNCIL’S PRIORITIES BE OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?
Economic development, transit growth, urban forest management,
water/energy/waste conservation, debt management, tourism/arts/culture and building healthy and vibrant neighbourhoods for all demographics, including seniors, young adults and families.
VOTE FOR ME BECAUSE . . .
I believe it is a privilege and an honour to serve in public office. I bring a strong record of experience and collaborative leadership to the council table.