Councillor Candidate | Ward 4
What does a Councillor do for the people of Stouffville?
A Councillor is often one of the first points of contact for residents when they require assistance from the town. It could be regarding a parking issue in their neighbourhood, a new development going in down the street, for help with permits & licensure or any number of other issues. A Councillor must be well-versed on their ward and municipality, while also being a ready listener and eager to engage with residents so they can be their advocate on council.
Why would you be good at this job?
I would be a good Councillor because I’m passionate about our community and making sure residents’ concerns are heard. I would also bring with me to the job a 17-year career in which I’ve worked for a number of Canada’s largest companies such as Bell and Canada Life on top of an education which includes an Executive MBA. Through my work and education, I’ve acquired the communication and leadership skills necessary to be an effective representative for Ward 4 residents, one they can count on to stand up and fight for them every day!
What issues are you concerned about?
My platform centres on four key areas: Cost of Living, Development & The Environment, Council Accountability, and Community Safety.
Cost of Living
If elected I will fight to tamp down future property tax and rate increases in order to make life more affordable for residents.
Development & The Environment
I will push to ensure appropriate planning and zoning processes are followed. I will stand against any development projects on the Greenbelt or that aren’t in the long-term best interests of our community. I will push for more affordable, accessible housing for individuals and families in need.
To be accountable to Ward 4 residents, I will publish how I vote on all issues and will host regular Ward 4 meetings to engage with constituents and answer any questions they may have.
Crime in Whitchurch-Stouffville and across York Region has been rising steadily in recent years. I will work with residents and the YRP to create a safer community.
Why should the people of Stouffville share your concerns?
The people of Stouffville, specifically residents of Ward 4, should share these concerns because my four platform items are all areas that affect our lives in very real ways right now.
For example, rising interest rates and inflation are making day-to-day costs difficult to bear for many in our community. Candidates for council should be proposing ways the municipality can help ease this burden. All of the development projects ongoing in Ward 4 are also a constant reminder of how rapidly our community is growing and its potential negative effects on the environment. To that end, council accountability is important too. Residents should have easy access to council members’ voting records and expect frequent opportunities to meet with their Councillor. Finally, as crime rates have risen in York Region and Stouffville in recent years, it’s important for candidates’ to have something to say about community safety and for the next council to work with residents and the YRP to improve on these numbers.
Describe what a successful term with you as Councillor would accomplish?
A successful term with me as Councillor would see the development of a strong relationship between myself and Ward 4 residents. I will prioritize communicating with them and championing their concerns from day one. Additionally, I would make significant progress towards the four key elements of my platform by working effectively with other councillors, the mayor and town staff.