Ward 8 deserves a positive, collaborative councillor who can get things done at City Hall. I am that Leader.
- Positive, Collaborative Leadership.
Residents told me when I first ran that they wanted a councillor who could build bridges and work with everyone at the table. I have done exactly that. I have successfully worked with my Council colleagues to raise Ward 8 voices at the Council table. An example is by proposing and having support of Council to do a Planning Study in Belmont Village. I have the experience and skillset to build bridges at the Council table and get the job done.
- Build partnerships between Council, neighbourhood associations, and local businesses.
I value equity. This means not only looking at who is at the table, but whose voice is missing. I commit to seeking out new voices and diverse perspectives to inform my decisions. We have an incredibly diverse Ward. Using the skillsets from our various neighbourhoods to help build up capabilities and capacities in all Ward 8 neighbourhoods is very important work that was started prior to COVID. I commit to continuing to build those networks and opportunities.
- Prioritize accessibility and inclusion for all ages and abilities.
All of our neighbours deserve to enjoy what our City has to offer. I value accessibility. This means living up to Kitchener's goals of being an Age Friendly community, and our goals of being an accessible community across all of my council and committee work. Accessibility needs to be woven into all of our decisions. I commit to prioritizing the inclusion of everyone, regardless of age or ability, in my role as your representative.
- Work in collaboration with Kitchener’s tech sector to promote economic development.
I have over two decades of experience in the tech sector, and I continue to work with Waterloo Region's tech companies and SME's every day. Our business community needs partners at City Hall. Someone who understands the importance of investment in organizations like Communitech. Someone who understands that rising home prices and transit are affecting talent acquisition and retention. Someone who will prioritize innovation and engagement between our government and tech. I will continue to support this sector's potential as Ward 8's Councillor at City Hall.
- Work with neighbourhood partners to promote road safety and active transportation.
I hear concerns about traffic across our Ward. People are concerned about safety for themselves, their kids, their aging parents, and their neighbours. I share your concerns about safety for everyone in our neighbourhoods. I have worked with neighbourhood groups and individuals on ways to slow down traffic and have collaborated extensively with Traffic Staff. I commit to prioritizing accessibility, active transportation, and inclusion whenever I am making a decision about infrastructure development, events, or necessary maintenance in our neighbourhoods. I commit to continuing work towards our goal of Vision Zero
Positive. Collaborative. Leadership.