Building a great place to live, work, and play, is the foundation of why I have volunteered for so many organizations over the past 30+ years, from grassroots to leadership roles. Learn more about me here. I am running to represent Ward 4 because I know the opportunities we have to build those incredible spaces, places, and livelihoods we all want. Opportunities such as:
- Neighbourhoods: Building great neighbourhoods with safe streets, low crime, accessible transit, good property standards, and housing that is affordable now and for the next generation.
- Local Business: Supporting local business as the heartbeat of the community, from start-up entrepreneurs to helping scale up our future big business success stories.
- Healthy Living: Promoting healthy lifestyles, from active transportation and environmental stewardship, to integrated and inviting parks and trails, and rebuilding post-covid youth programming.
- Local experiences: Expanding arts, culture and a dynamic tourism industry, both as an economic driver and also to increase our own enjoyment of the region.
- Economic stability: Diversifying our economy and welcoming long term, stable, and fulfilling careers now and for future generations.
- Building smart: Ensuring the protection and celebration of our heritage buildings, balanced with the need for modernizing infrastructure to serve our future needs.
- Youth success: Developing integrated learning opportunities for youth across our community with an eye to training and encouraging our future community leaders.
These are the pillars of an amazing city in my opinion, and I intend to work hard for Ward 4 and all city residents to deliver on these strategies.
I have been a dedicated volunteer locally and nationally, including serving 10 years total as the Chair of the Walkerville Business Improvement Association, and as a board member since 2007, leading strategic planning, streetscape and park redevelopment, event expansion, and the creation of digital and print communications that have helped Walkerville be declared one of Canada’s coolest neighbourhoods. Ward 4 is home to four business improvement areas – Via Italia, Uptown Ottawa Street, Wyandotte Town Centre, and Walkerville – and I’ve sat at the BIA table and with the city’s planning department so I have a deep understanding of their issues and opportunities and would welcome the chance to work with these boards to help strengthen our city’s core districts and small businesses.
I am also currently a member of the City of Windsor Development and Heritage Standing Committee, and previously served on the Development Charges Task Force. My voting and comment history on the development committee has shown that livability is a focus I have lived and supported directly.
Finally, I have also been a long-time supporter of the University of Windsor, volunteering on the board of directors of the Alumni Association since 2014, on University Senate, and committees such as Strategic Planning, Finance, Communications and Engagement, and the Lancer Sport Hall of Fame, providing another vital perspective on how our key institutions are partners in celebrating and supporting our city.
I will be at your door and in our neighbourhoods to work together with you to build a great city. I will listen to the residents of Ward 4, and take action by identifying best practices from around the world. I hope you’ll vote for me and my vision this October 24th!