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“I will continue to lead and encourage for good governance with focus on sustainable growth, environmental stewardship, fiscal responsibility, economic growth, and most important, continued improvement to our city services.”

 Today, we are at a pivotal crossroad in our Kitchener's history.  As we experience 

challenges of rapid growth, council needs to continue making good choices that ensure

our expansion is environmentally sustainable and helps to provide affordable and diverse housing options for all

With expected prolonged high inflation, experienced leadership is required to make difficult decisions.  During this fiscal challenge, Council will need to nurture an environment that promotes both a cautious and prudent approach to capital spending.

Kitchener Economic Development Strategy was recognized nationally as a successful example of economic vitality and growth.  Post-Pandemic, focused investment is required to ensure we continue to build upon past successes. In the City's next Strategic Plan, economic development needs to play an important role.

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THESE 6 POINTS WILL BE MY GUIDING PRINCIPLES 

ACCOUNTABILITY & ACCESSIBILITY:

 

  • Through regular community meetings, provide updates on council proceedings and engage Ward residents on the issues that impact them.

 

  • Highlight transparency and accountability on Strategic Planning and Budget process.  Residents should be provided with clear information on how their local government works, and on the city's future commitments and direction.

 

  • I have always valued the fact that you deserve to have your voice heard, and your concerns addressed.  I will continue to facilitate Surveys, as a medium to get your prospect on the important issues.

 

  • Focus on measured approaches to ensuring everyone's voice is heard, and that services, issues and concerns are addressed with thoughtful, balanced solutions.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY:

 

  • Limit future tax increases, continue being lowest in the Region.

  • Encourage Council to remain diligent in our resolve to be fiscally responsible and to adopt prudent spending practices to limit future impact on Kitchener taxpayers.

 

  • Prioritize the budget to provide the necessary services through efficiencies and better resource management. 

 

  • Provide a continued and unique perspective on knowing the right balance on where to cut back, and where to invest.

JOBS AND A STRONG ECONOMY:

  • I will maintain my efforts to provide strong, sensible economic development opportunities for Kitchener and build on past successes. 

  • Foster an environment that will attract new jobs and develop existing economic resources.   Maintain a strong commitment to our growing sectors in Technology, Health Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing and Social Innovation.

 

  • Encourage creative approach to finding effective solutions for economic development through partnerships and collaboration. 

EFFICIENCY AT CITY HALL:

 

  • Explore and promote opportunities for joint service delivery with neighbouring municipalities.

 

  • I will encourage innovation and efficiencies to identify potential savings and eliminate waste.

 

  • Support initiatives that promote smart development which help to provide balanced solution for current City needs.
     

  • Encourage for creative utilization of city assets and resources, to help enhance services and manage growth.

IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE:

 

  • Support changes that enhance the quality of our neighbourhoods and promote enhancement of existing neighbourhood assets. 

 

  • Maintain my commitment to improving our open spaces and provide better all-year access to community trails.  Support resident led initiatives which create vibrancy and neighbourhood belonging.

 

  • Advocate for free Wi-Fi access in all our neighbourhood parks and further develop Kitchener smart city initiatives. 

  • Faster implementation of Vision Zero, a comprehensive action plan focused on reducing traffic-related accidents and serious injuries.

BUILDING A STRONG AND CARING COMMUNITY:

 

  • Help to ensure that city policy development is inclusive of diverse community input. 

 

  • Continue to encourage volunteerism and increased citizen participation by supporting local leaders and neighbourhood groups. 

 

  • Community engagement will guide my work as your Councillor.  I will develop additional formats for you to communicate your concerns and opinions regarding innovative ways to strengthen and improve Ward 6 Neighbourhoods. 

  • Promote development of affordable housing through innovative strategies which leverage on partnerships. 

  • Your voice will continue to be communicated in the Council chambers at Kitchener City Hall.  

With a proven record of being your advocate and representative on Kitchener City Council,

I will continue to provide effective leadership on the issues that matter to you the most.   

On October 24th, 2022, I look forward to your vote to continue working with you as your representative at City Hall.