Happy City recently sent out a survey to the candidates running
in the Ward 4 Byelection.
Here are the results!
Why are you running? What
experience would you highlight as a reason to vote for
I have been a resident of Ward 4 for the past 13
years and my husband and I have chosen to raise our children here.
During this time I have become acutely aware of the issues that we,
as residents, face. I am a Parent Representative on the Roncalli
Elementary School Council and through this position I have had the
opportunity to work with various individuals and groups such as:
The City of St. John's, MHA's, the School Board and most
importantly, the general school community. Within this position, I
worked as part of a team to effectively lobby Government for our
new school and fundraised and planned for the new playground. I
have participated in programs that promote clean communities and
was responsible for the installation of the garbage containers
along Airport Heights Drive. This past June, I was a founding
member of the concerned citizens group that was successful in
having the proposed telecommunications tower moved from Airport
Heights Community. Most recently, I have been working as a liaison
between parents, the RNC and the City Officials regarding traffic
issues. Residents have been vocal about wanting a new voice on City
Council and I feel very strongly that I am that new voice. I pride
myself on being someone who is genuine and approachable and someone
who listens and get results.
I feel my combined community and business and Ward 4 Councillor
experience has given me a unique skill set that will contribute to
our city. I have 25 plus business experience with a focus
on relationship building and collaboration. I am also
a long time volunteer as well as
a communications coach.
I'm running because I've worked hard all of my life, constantly
learning and being promoted and its time for me to put all of my
talents to use to give back. I believe that the residents of Ward 4
deserve fresh representation and I would love to be able to help.
I've always been one who helps and solves problems. I have 30 years
of business experience, and am intelligent and resourceful. This
campaign is the culmination of a career that started when at 16
years old, I had my first job as a summer student running a museum
that was located in our town with inventory that was loaned out by
residents. The next year, I was President of our Youth Organization
and I have been working and growing ever since.
A career highlight that is a reason to vote for me is my
experience as a constituency assistant for St. George's -
Stephenville East in the late 1990s to early 2000s. My provincial
government experience will be an asset as a councillor, I know how
government works. I know the proper channels to get things done. I
worked hard for the people and we did good work for them. In
addition, I was a business manager, and currently am an executive
assistant and have been for many years. I've spent much of my time
managing the finances of the companies that I work for. My career
requires monthly review of P&L statements and budgets, and am
used to fiscal restraint. This will be so important in the next few
years at Council and beyond. Both of these careers require 'heavy
lifting' behind the scenes. I'm used to making things happen and
getting the work done to ensure that everyone around me has what
they need to proceed with their jobs. My time as a realtor
gives me not only experience in representing people, but also
insight into how they live and what affects the peaceful enjoyment
of their homes. City policies and legislation directly affect
people right at their homes. We desperately need affordable housing
to give families a hand up, and accessible housing to ensure that
our citizens are not held back because they have challenges to
face. The realtor in me speaks for those citizens.
I live and love public service. I am experienced and committed.
I have proven myself to be responsive to the needs of the community
and its residents, both on and off St. John's City Council in my 25
plus years of advocacy and community service. As a former city
Councillor at Large, elected with the highest number of votes in
2009, I have experience and support. Those four years taught me a
lot about how to work with the community and navigate the system
and that's a must for any councillor. As our city grows and changes
we need a council that is productive and effective, but even more
we need councillors who bring vision to plan our growth and adapt
to the continuous change we are facing, particularly in these
fiscally challenging times. I am passionate about where we live and
how we live. I want to represent the residents of Ward four.
I am running as a citizen who is concerned for the health,
safety, and economic future of our city. I am an accountant
with experience in financial analysis and strategic
decision-making, which are key skills needed on council today.
If elected, what goals would you set for Ward 4,
and the City of St. John's, over the next five years? What would be
the obstacles to getting there?
Speaking to hundreds of residents in Ward 4, I have
come to know many of the issues. If elected, my goals include
but are not limited to;
- Road safety and better traffic calming measures
- Clean and safe neighbourhoods
- Stronger enforcement of by-laws
- Community Based Programs
The main obstacle involved with achieving these goals
is the economic downturn that the City of St. John's is currently
experiencing. The fiscal situation makes funding for many of these
programs difficult. The exception here is the idea of Community
Based Programs as most of the infrastructure for these programs
Unfortunately, funding is not our only obstacle when
it comes to issues such as road safety and safe and clean
neighbourhoods. Even with proper and adequate funding, there
appears to be a lack of social responsibility on these issues and
greater emphasis needs to be placed on educating our residents when
it comes to littering and road safety.
A key and critical goal - and one which is relevant to the
entire city - is planned growth and ensuring that our residents
have the services they need, as well as a safe ward and a safe
city. These goals are lofty and long-term, but we must never lose
sight of where we are going. There are often obstacles to achieving
goals - and there is no exception in the aforementioned. One
particular obstacle will be the economic downturn in which we find
ourselves. However, this circumstance does not offset the goals -
it simply means we have to be more creative and collaborative in
engaging partners to facilitate their achievement. as well we have
to be always attentive to fair allocation of resources we do
One of the things that is on the radar for Ward 4 is the
Kenmount Terrace Park. The residents of Kenmount Terrace have
been dealing with this for many years and they are finally seeing
some progress. Its been promised and is now in the Budget for
2019. Its important to see that through. An obstacle to this is
funding. Its supposed to be there, but we need to watch that its
not reallocated. Residents there feel let down on many levels and
this cannot be another one of those times.
As well, we need to improve on traffic patterns, safety in
school zones, and safety on city streets. This means not only
improvements with regards to speeding and traffic calming, but also
sidewalk clearing for the children. Thorburn Rd and Airport Heights
Dr. have issues with sidewalk clearing for children who walk to
school. Sidewalk clearing adjacent to schools shouldn't have
any obstacles. Making sure the equipment is dispatched before
children go to school shouldn't be a problem. The crosswalk
safety concerns are around the City, including in Ward 4, such as:
in front of Roncalli and Rennies River School, where parents with
children cross the street and have been at risk. Several streets in
Kenmount Terrace suffer from excessive speeds. The biggest obstacle
to safety is the carelessness of drivers. Furthermore, Allendale Rd
at the Prince Philip Parkway is a nightmare for residents coming
off Strawberry Marsh Rd. The traffic patterns there are tangly at
best. The obstacle there would be financial and having the traffic
committee revisiting that area, acknowledging that there is a
problem, and finding a solution. Likewise, Polina Rd at Kenmount is
currently being revisited with the Owners of the Avalon Mall to
reconfigure the Mall entrance.
Another huge issue on the radar is The Big Dig. This is not just
a Ward 4 issue, but a City issue. This has the potential to turn
into a downtown-ruining nightmare if we're not very careful how we
approach the work. Its paramount to take lessons learned from other
such projects and carefully assess risk before even breaking
ground. While the Big Dig in Boston is a mega-project much larger
than our Big Dig, it was fraught with problems and should be an
example of how things can get out of control. The biggest obstacle
to this being a success, would be to do it the way that our City
Council has been operating for years. We cannot attempt this
without contingencies. We cannot attempt it without complete
clarity and honesty. We cannot attempt it without involving the
downtown businesses that will be affected. And we cannot attempt it
until we are sure that we can manage the scope, risk and creep.
This project needs to be carefully planned within the next 5 years
with leading civil construction experts from across the country and
beyond, and not a shovel to ground until we have a firm
understanding of it.
As a resident born, raised and schooled in Ward 4, with children
still being schooled in the district, I understand the issues of
this area. Ward 4 encompasses a large and mixed geography. Two
notable concerns in Ward four have to do with the newest addition,
the neighbourhood of Kenmount Terrace and one of its oldest,
Kenmount Terrace is a prime example of what happens when a city
doesn't engage in appropriate planning in the development phase.
With hundreds of new homes and thousands of residents, there is no
park or green space, no tree design, central amenities or community
spaces. These things help foster the neighbourhood concept that I
have lobbied for years to implement in city planning. This issue
has been an ongoing concern for residents for a number of years. As
well, traffic concerns as a result of the roadway design create
speeding and dangerous living conditions for residents, especially
those with young families. In partnership with the developers who
continue to do business in Kenmount Terrace, we need to improve and
build on infrastructures that supports healthy and accessible
neighbourhoods. Obstacles could include an overall lack of
political will to improve planning measures for this developing
community and the City's poor track record on prudent financial
The safety and integrity of our neighborhoods is the most direct
indicator of the overall health and vibrancy of a city as a whole.
Churchill Square was my home base and I have witnessed the slow
degradation of an area that once boasted the best planned zone in
the city. The Loblaws supermarket closure has been a very
contentious issue in this area for both students and older adults
because healthy living necessitates food access. Mixed
neighborhoods with access to services are integral for a thriving
city and healthy residents. This would be an issue I am anxious to
tackle and problem solve in partnership with the owner. Moving
forward, we have to look at the bigger issues of how businesses
contribute to neighbourhood wellbeing and instigate planning and
models that support it.
Airport Heights is crying out for road safety measures in school
areas. For example, in the Roncalli 30 km school zone are not being
abided. Children, families, and crossing guards risk their lives
every day and solutions to this present issue must be found. An
immediate implementation of a push button stop light at the school
cross walk, rather than a yellow caution light would be a good
starting place. There is also room for partnerships with our
province and the RNC to look at this ongoing issue that seems to
come up repeatedly in many neighbourhoods.
Since I have been on the doorsteps, I have learned that city
enforcement on garbage collection and neighbourhood cleanliness is
a big issue for residents in Baird subdivision and University area
as well as citywide. I would immediately investigate how we can fix
these issues and lobby on behalf of this neighbourhood for better
practices. In the long term we need to start talking about how to
better educate transient residents about garbage collection and
make sure we're all conscientious about keeping our neighbourhoods
For Ward 4, I would set the goal to increase green space and
recreational areas by 20%. This would include developing parks and
walking trails in Kenmount Terrace. The obstacle here would
be securing appropriate financing, but I believe in allowing
corporate sponsorship for these spaces.
What do you believe should be the priorities of
this Council in the coming year?
I feel that the main priorities of Council in the
coming year are:
- Finding a way to reduce the tax burden on the
residents and businesses of St. John's
- Regaining the citizen's trust in leadership. They
must adopt methods to increase consultations with the public
regarding the budget.
- City needs to look at ways to cut unnecessary
spending within their budget and not cut funding to core
Strengthened fiscal accountability, independent auditor, fair
taxation system, clear communication and long term planning.
The biggest priority for Council should be repairing
relationships, both internally and with the community. As
well, they need to check their personalities and agendas and
remember why they are there and who put them there. They need to be
clear in their communications with their constituents and treat
each other with respect. There isn't just one leader there, they
are all supposed to be leaders. They need to get in touch with the
realities of what some of these residents live on a daily
Council also needs to work to understand the fiscal realities of
the City, the Province and the Country. Council needs to revisit
the Budget (especially the tax increases), follow through on the
financial review that they have moved forward, and set financial
goals and benchmarks that will be adhered to.
- To enhance public service through a balance of improved fiscal
management with a respectful, compassionate approach to
- The decision-making behind closed doors in private meetings
(which been happening for years) has to stop.
- To gain the trust of its residents and businesses once again.
Transparency and accountability to the public is first and
Council's main priority in 2016 should be creating an city
auditor general position to oversee spending and ensure taxpayers
are getting the best value for their dollars.
What do you think about the draft of the new
Municipal Plan? (Online at http://goo.gl/5H4XTM) What will the
impact be on Ward 4, and is there anything in there you'd
The draft of the new Municipal Plan includes a
multitude of valuable ideas. The five key themes that emerged
from the public consultation process; Valuing Environmental
Systems, Vibrant, Complete Neighbourhoods, Strong Diversified
Economy, Quality Urban Design and Investment in Transportation and
Services. Within these themes, there were points that thought were
- Putting a greater focus on quality, affordable
- Protection of our wetlands and built heritage
- Age-friendly communities that provide services and
facilities for people of all ages.
- Access to healthy foods through the support of the
production of local foods, by local farms and community
I do think, though, it is worth mentioning that
although the draft of the new Municipal Plan includes valuable
information, it must be followed. There needs to policies and
guidelines set out that ensure what has been gathered and written
though extensive input from the residents of St. John's, will be of
value. It should also be noted that this plan was developed in 2014
when the City was in a very different financial situation.
One of the issues I noted is the wording in Section
7.11 regarding Telecommunications and Utilities. While advocating
on behalf of residents who strongly opposed to the proposed
location of a tower in Airport Heights, I experienced firsthand
that this document had very little impact on where these towers can
Significant input was received for the development of the
municipal plan to shape its vision and strategies. Its intent is to
enable planned development while also addressing many other key
areas including the natural environment. Any plan is only as good
as its implementation and i will work to ensure that this is
effective. At this point, I cannot speak to anything I would
change. There may be instances where the good of ward 4 and the
broader city might necessitate amendments and/or rezoning and I
will be vigilant in ensuring that the plan does not become a static
and inflexible document, but continues to reflect the vision we all
hold for the city.
The draft Municipal Plan is a good, common sense document.
Unfortunately it was drafted in 2014 before the bottom fell out of
the oil market and we found ourselves with a City Hall that is
dealing with backlash from an ever-expanding budget. It talks of
economic strength, personal disposable income, business development
opportunities, record low unemployment, recognizing the
contribution of the arts, etc. The reality is nowhere near as rosy
in 2016, and the arts and business communities are on their feet of
late, in dealing with the fallout from increased taxes in the
budget. My belief is that the draft Municipal Plan needs to be
With that said, I like that it speaks to enhanced public transit,
underutilized and vacant retail space, inclusive neighbourhoods,
urban planning to promote pedestrian traffic and sustainable
communities, and it recognizes the issues of traffic congestion and
the importance of our Downtown area. I like a lot of what it says
and hope that we can massage it to be more current.
Here is a 150 page plan which would govern the future
development of the City for years to come. I want to ensure that
certain basic ideas become standard practices in our future. Those
issues I noted in Kenmount Terrace and Airport Heights shouldn't be
matters of the city playing catch-up. Allowing a school to be built
without taking proper traffic control plans into account is, again,
a sign of lack of basic planning.
Have you read it? Doesn't it say all the right things? This is
not our first plan. The last plan said all the right things, too.
So, we are experts at creating glossy plans that tell us how
wonderful we are and how the city is going to do all the right
things in the future. But what happened in Kenmount Terrace? The
plan at that time had all the right ideas in it. Why didn't they
happen in Kenmount Terrace? Where are the green spaces, the park
areas, the traffic controls? Those things that create quality of
life in our communities were all in the last plan.
Our council doesn't lack the ability to create nice plans, what
is missing is political will. We need councillors who will do the
heavy lifting that makes these wonderful plans into wonderful
I am aware that this plan was first presented to council in 2014
and has still not been approved. I am cautious that the plan
was first drafted in a very different economic environment. I
support the idea of healthy, complete neighbourhoods and investment
in the transit system to make it usable for working citizens.
These initiatives are critical to Ward 4 where citizens have
consistently voiced concerns about limited access to recreational
space and unsafe traffic.
Over the past few months, there has been
controversy regarding the 2016-2018 Municipal Budget. Do you think
this outcome could have been avoided? Why or why
not? Should St. John's be making changes to this budget, or the
The reality of the fiscal situation that not only the
City of St. John's, but the Province and Country is currently
facing makes it incredibility difficult to produce a budget that
would be without any controversy. It is obvious, however, that the
process leading up to the release of the 2016-2018 Municipal Budget
was deeply flawed. From the lack of public engagement, to timing of
the release of the budget itself, there are many opportunities for
City Council to learn going forward. The changes we have seen since
the release of the Budget have come due to public outcry and
protest. If the proper channels of communication had been
established before the release, both the residents and the business
community would have had a stronger voice.
Yes I feel it might have been avoided as I feel the city did not
look deep enough within its own operations for fiscal improvements.
The drastic hike in taxes is a hardship that many in our city
cannot bear and it needs to be revisited. I have been advocating
for and will continue to advocate for an independent auditor, paid
for by the provincial government, to review the financial
operations of the city.
The controversy could have been avoided by Council being upfront
and honest that they did not have the time and information required
to complete the budget process. Having a 90 minute meeting to go
over a budget of that size is ridiculous. That document should have
been planned in conjunction with the City Staff at least six months
in advance. As well, special interest groups who would be required
to find alternate sources of revenue or asked to take on some of
the items that were cut by the City, should have been engaged and
able to plan instead of being blindsided by the cuts. Furthermore,
taking the opportunity to raise taxes because of the over-inflated
assessments should have never happened. In my work, I've always
reviewed P&Ls on a monthly basis. I don't understand why this
isn't done at the City by Councillors, as they are ultimately
accountable to the citizens for spending.
This budget does need to be reviewed and solutions found instead of
burdening residents and business owners for the City's
inefficiencies. Either find other revenue streams, or find internal
efficiencies. The budget process needs to be overhauled. A
municipal councillor must provide prudent financial judgements and
as indicated by Councillors, they did not take that opportunity
with this last Budget.
Yes, I believe this controversial budget fiasco could have been
avoided. The fashion in which the Council has engaged citizens only
to be disregarded is absolutely outrageous and unacceptable. In
such tough economic times, hitting residents and businesses while
they are already financially vulnerable is completely unsound
fiscal management. The flip-flopping on cuts to arts and community
services after the budget rolled out, the lack of transparency that
still exists regarding line items in the budget all indicates a
Council that is out of touch with its residents and those to whom
Why has the budget increased exponentially still with
significant cuts to service? This, after stating less than a year
ago, that the city was in sound financial status? I strongly
believe that an external audit needs to happen. I have spoken to
and written Mr. Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs to
request just that. I believe businesses will close, residents will
be squeezed from their homes and we will continue to see an exodus
of livyers moving to neighbouring municipalities to reduce this
imposed financial strain. Revisiting this budget is absolutely
Raising taxes was the only way to cover off the expenses
outlined in the current budget, as the city has not done enough to
diversify revenue and manage expenses during times of
prosperity. Controversy surround in the 2016-2018 budget could
have been avoided if the city had independent oversight of its
finances. It would instill some confidence that the city is
managing its finances appropriately. Without transparency in
how the city manages spending, it is difficult to determine whether
the budget process is flawed and should change.
With provincial budget deficits and decreased oil
prices projected for the near future, many residents and businesses
across will be affected in one way or another. What role do you see
the St. John's City Council taking during this
Municipal governments play a very important role when
it comes to providing an environment for economic growth.
There is a delicate balance that needs to be found in keeping taxes
manageable and yet being able to provide the services that the
residents expect and deserve. This may prove especially challenging
in tough economic times as municipal governments are not able to
carry deficits. The City must work to create other revenue streams
in order to lessen the burden on taxpayers.
We need to continue to be fiscally responsible as NL is headed
into some very challenging economic times, now is the time to be
extra careful with spendings...long term planning is required. The
tourism industry is a very lucrative industry for NL and especially
St. John's, we need to continue and support this industry to the
fullest. We also need to be a more open inclusive city so we can
attract more new comers to our city. Nl is rapidly aging and is
aging ahead of the rest of Canada , that coupled with a low birth
rate are prime indications that a strategic plan needs to be
developed to ensure New comers feel welcomed and want to stay in NL
and raise their families here..adding greatly to the social and
economic fabric of our community, please see the attached
document, http://www.stjohns.ca/doing-business/business-and-economic-initiatives/strategic-economic-roadmap the
Strategic economic roadmap for guiding our city to 2021, which I am
very proud to say I chaired the development of this document, along
with business and community groups, city staff and all levels of
As well we need to identify what if anything the city can be
doing to encourage more home based business and entrepreneurs in
all sectors - to provide alternatives to those who may find
themselves unemployed due to downsizing.
The City Council needs to lead by example. We need to look
inward and make some changes to how we spend and on what. If
residents and businesses need to be more prudent, so does the City.
I would suggest we start by rolling back the increase that
council members are slated to get in 2016 and continue from
Council needs to engage in a complete external review of
budgetary costs, making the budget more publically accessible. We
also need to engage the city's managers and employees in how we can
come up with cost savings. We need to look inside of our walls to
be fiscally responsible in the coming number of years and we need a
plan of action that is proactive for our future. The approach needs
to be a balanced, which means the weight cannot be thrust upon
residents and businesses alone.
City council really needs to be proactive to address the needs
of residents and businesses in St. John's during this economic
downturn. I would push the city to partner with our
provincial and federal counterparts in delivering social services
to those in need and engaging our citizens to help others.
"Engagement" has become a word used frequently at
all levels of government. What is your idea of successful
engagement, and do you believe the current City Council is
I believe successful engagement involves a high level
of trust between all parties involved. Residents need to be assured
that their feedback and opinions are not only heard but considered.
Although it is evident in the draft of the new Municipal Plan that
the current City Council has taken steps to try to achieve
successful engagement, the release of the latest budget shows that
there is room for an enormous amount of improvement. I feel
that the current Council must be open to adapting new framework as
it applies to engagement. The City of Guelph has developed a
Guiding Set of Principles for Community Engagement that I feel
would be a move in the right direction for the City of St.
It includes the following:
-Inclusive: The City designs engagement processes
that allow all community members a reasonable opportunity to
contribute and to develop a balanced perspective. The City builds
relationships with stakeholders by using a range of activities to
engage diverse participants.
-Early Involvement: The City involves community as
early as possible in the engagement process so stakeholders have
time to learn about the issue and actively participate.
-Access to Decision Making: The City designs
processes that will give participants the opportunity to influence
-Coordinated Approach: The City coordinates community
engagement activities to use community and City resources
-Transparent and Accountable: The City designs
engagement processes so that the stakeholders understand their
role, the level of engagement and the outcome of the process.
- Open and Timely Communication: The City provides
information that is timely, accurate, objective, easily understood,
accessible and balanced.
- Mutual Trust and Respect: The City engages
Community in an equitable and respectful way that fosters
understanding between diverse views, values and interests.
-Evaluation and Continuous Improvement: The City
evaluates engagement activities to ensure engagement processes are
Engagement must be done effectively - it is not just about
sitting with people and 'hearing' them; it is about listening and
having honest and open conversations. It is about enabling those
who wish to contribute to the discussion to be able to do so. I do
no want to comment on the current city council and their approach.
Rather i would like to speak about my approach - and i
would continue what i was doing in my previous term on council. I
had an open door policy and regularly held sessions in my ward to
seek people's opinions, ideas and concerns. This information
would be taken back to city staff, as needed, to discuss what was
heard and required action.
The current City Council seems to be struggling with engagement
right now. Successful engagement means that there is a plan,
objectives and goals for the engagement, everyone needs to be
accountable, it has to be positive, everyone needs to feel they are
being heard, and communications must be crystal clear and
steadfast. Right now engagement is off the rails, and not only do
citizens feel that they aren't being engaged, but much of what
Council is doing is behind closed doors, which is disconcerting at
Engagement is a word I am trying to use conscientiously and
appropriately because it is a buzzword that has proven hollow time
and time again. No, I do not believe that City Council is
effectively completing what engagement necessitates. Thoughtful
engagement practice does not stop at asking the public for input
and having the results shelved and archived. Implementing complex
solutions to business and social enterprises requires understanding
methods for successful business change into practice. There
are many existing best practices that we can use to achieve the
results we seek. We don't need to re-invent the wheel. Other cities
have been doing this for decades. A little attention to what has
worked elsewhere will help us avoid a good deal of those learning
pains we seem so determined to suffer.
Successful engagement involves seeking and using input from
citizens and businesses in making decisions affecting our city.
City council does a great job seeking input. Where we
are lacking right now is using input from public engagement.
This was really exemplified when the city sought public input
into the design of the park in Kenmount Terrace. The approved
park contains very few ideas that were proposed by the community
What (if anything) would you do to make the City
more responsive to citizen input?
I feel that in order to make to the City more
responsive to the citizen input, they must better understand the
needs of the community. One way of achieving this is to go one on
one with members of the community in open forums of community
meetings. I have been very fortunate over the past several weeks. I
have stood at residents doors and been able to engage in meaningful
and open discussions. Although it is not feasible to consider that
Council does this on a daily basis, they have to open the lines of
communication between the residents, the business community and
City Hall. The residents need to know that their input is included
in the bigger picture. One way to achieve this would be through
Ward meetings. If elected, I plan to, hold regular Ward
meetings in different areas around the Ward every other month.
Again it would be to ensure effective engagement - not having
meetings out of requirement but ensuring that as needed, we would
seek the opinions of those impacted by critical decisions. It is
not about doing more necessarily but making what is currently done
- better. In my 25 years of business, i have honed a keen ear - as
without such, I would not be where I am today.
I believe that citizens are getting tired of being asked for
input and then feeling like they haven't been heard or their input
was not valued and implemented. It is so important to set clear
goals and plans. If the citizens are asked for input, be clear
about the outcome. Will you actually put the ideas to work or are
you just on a fact finding mission? Knowing what the expectation is
will relieve any disappointment that can come from thinking that
you were not heard.
Its important to me to take into account all of what residents
share with me. Their lives are the reality of Ward 4. They live it,
they drive in it, they walk in it, they raise their children in it.
Right now I feel like some of Council is out of touch. Let's get
back to reality and to working with people right where they live.
Be their voice and not just someone with your own agenda who is
using this as a stepping stone to something that you think is
better for you. Be loyal and committed to this seat for as long as
the people will have you so that they have a relationship with you,
and you with them. A revolving door of representation is a
disservice to the residents. Don't start this with the thought that
something better might be around the corner for you. No offence to
someone who wants to better themselves, but residents deserve to
have someone who is committed to them and will stand up for them
when they call on you. If they care enough to talk to you, care
enough to be their voice. When you thank them for taking the time
to contact you, mean it and go one better by making sure that their
concerns are raised in Chambers and be accountable to them in all
that you do.
We can start by listening to their concerns. We can also
advertise more and make such advertising more emphatic so people
are sure to note the issue being addressed. It probably won't be so
necessary to do much emphasizing for the next few months. I think
this present council has everyone's attention.
To make the City more responsive to citizen input, I would
ensure that suggestions and ideas from the public are actually
incorporated into plans.
In St. John's, City Council is a part-time job,
and paid accordingly. Would you be maintaining a second job if
elected to council? What other big demands are there on your
I am very fortunate to be at a place in my career
right now that would allow me to hold the position of Ward 4
Councillor as a full time job.
I am a business person and will continue to practice business
while i am a councillor. I am also very involved in my community
and tend to remain as active as always. My job provides me a living
and supports my capacity to be involved in my city. No one coming
on council should have to give up their job and put themselves in
financial jeapordy. I have always worked - and had no problem
balancing my responsibilities to my ward and my city when i was the
councillor for ward four and i will provide the same deep level of
attention to my work in my role as a councillor as i provide to all
of my interests - paid and volunteer.
Currently, I'm an executive assistant and part time realtor and
handle both careers adeptly. Once I'm elected as councillor, I will
put my real estate license on hold. I work for a great company as
executive assistant, and that position is such that flex time is
acceptable, so I am well able to handle those duties and those of
Councillor for Ward 4. I have no children and am currently single
so personally, this is a great time for me to be able to free up my
schedule and devote any time necessary to the residents of Ward 4
and the City. I look forward to serving in this capacity and being
I am presently working as a Labour Market Facilitator for The
Ready Willing and Able National initiative (www.readywillingable.ca).
My job is to seek and broker employment opportunities for persons
with intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder in the
St. John's Metro region and partner with the existing, and hard
working supportive employment agencies. In Canada, we have an
untapped resource in unemployed and underemployed individuals with
intellectual disabilities and ASD. Experience-based evidence from
organizations around the world proves that organizations can build
engaged, efficient and high-functioning teams through inclusive
I believe that this is a perfect complement to the needs of many
of our residents in the city. Yes, I would continue to work in this
position if elected as Ward Councillor. Can I do it? Most
definitely! I am a proven, competent, multi-tasker with a keen
interest in many areas that support diversity in our community. I
am also a mother to three and my love and care for my family is
much of what drives me to work in public service and to generate a
At this point I would be maintaining a second job if elected.
I am also a father to 2 small boys, and I do love spending
time with them as well.
What is your favourite place in Ward 4, and
My favourite place in Ward 4 has to be my home. I
have deep roots in my community and feel a strong sense of
A close second, though, the look out at the top of
Mount Scio. After a short hike, you are treated with a view of the
City that is breathtaking. If you haven't done it, put it on
your list of things to do this summer. Trail #22 on the Grand
Concourse walking map.
I don't have a favourite place in Ward 4 , as the ward is very
diverse and covers a wide area with many nice neighbourhoods . It's
the people that I like and after knocking on over 4000 doors during
this election I can proudly say ward 4 has some of the most
friendliest kind people I have ever met.
I love the trail system throughout Ward 4. The Grand Concourse
is where my dogs and I recharge and refresh. We have a beautiful
trail system in this City and I will do my part to make sure its
maintained and enjoyed by all of our residents.
Though I have many favorite spots in the wide spectrum of Ward 4
(I frequent the coffee shops), I certainly have a special place in
my heart for the Pippy Park area. As an outdoor enthusiast, I feel
it is one of the area's strongest assets, not unlike how the
downtown historic core is central to Ward 2. I believe Pippy
Park is the jewel in the crown of these surrounding neighbourhoods.
Walking trails, the Grand Concourse and its environs support a
healthy lifestyle. I am very proud of these features in our City.
Fostering and supporting activities like hiking, snowshoeing,
skiing, swimming and dog walking demonstrates how ward four leads
the commitment to healthy lifestyles.
Matt White: My favourite place in Ward 4
is my home in Kenmount Terrace. This is where I come to enjoy my
time with family and friends.