Why are you running?
I believe that I have gained an enormous amount of experience in the private sector and feel that I am ready to go to work on Day One for the constituents of Ward 4. I believe that the next council has a incredible amount of important decisions to be made with repercussions that may not be felt for years.
What are the key issues?
The closure of municipal service centres cannot happen. I pledge to work tirelessly on behalf of all Ward 4 constituents alongside the other duly elected councillor of our ward.
I commit to openly and honestly ask and challenge the clear-cut bylaw. I believe that living on a farm, and being married into a farming family brings a unique set of qualifications that a councillor needs to properly represent the agriculture community. Farmers, by common sense, are the best stewards of their land.
I also commit to work across all wards to help promote the rural identity that has been lost, to promote and lead discussions around the lack of infrastructure.
What skills and experience do you bring?
I have served on various boards including the United Way of C-K, Kinsmen Club of Dresden, and helped create the MSSC Toy drive campaign for the Goodfellows, as well as various boards and committees of council.
I was first elected in the labour movement in 1996, and served in various positions, including local president, and was later appointed as a National Representative of CAW/ Unifor from 2012 until May 2020. During that time, I gained a lot of knowledge and experience representing people, on how to find a resolution to complex issues. I was able to balance a multi-million dollar budget for four consecutive years.
I understand difficult budget processes. I have experience in dealing with high level, stressful situations and have a proven track record of not only bringing together like-minded people, but also finding resolutions with parties who have opposite opinions on multiple levels.