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Last week I talked about three questions that were being posed repeatedly as the campaign team and I were going door to door, and during a number of chat sessions with residents. These three questions were: 

1.     Why Should You Vote for Me?

2.     What is My Vision for Richmond Hill?

3.     How Can I Help?

I received a lot of positive feedback to the last email update, but a lot of people also wanted to know why I thought I was the best choice in the upcoming by-election. So here goes:

Reason #1 – Experience

I bring over 18 years of continuous involvement in municipal and community committees and associations before, and during, my time on Council including:

  • Richmond Hill Village Business Improvement Area Association – Board Member
  • Richmond Hill Board of Trade – Government Affairs Committee Chair and Chair of the Board
  • Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Committee 
  • 2021 Richmond Hill Official Plan Review – Vice Chair
  • Richmond Hill Board of Trade – Council Liaison
  • Heritage Richmond Hill Member
  • Youth Action Committee – Council Liaison
  • Mackenzie Health President’s Advisory Board Member
  • Cultural Leadership Council – Chair
  • Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra Board Member
  • Richmond Hill Ward 4 Maple Syrup Festival Founder

I have served as the Ward 4 Councillor for almost nine years.

During this time, I have earned a reputation as a responsive, responsible, trustworthy and hardworking Councillor who always puts the interests of residents front and centre in all decisions, and who works hard to keep residents informed.  There are many ways I have demonstrated this commitment including:

  • I keep residents well informed by sending a monthly newsletterfocused on important items before Council, important community events, and meetings and consultations that residents may wish to be involved in.
  • I have organized and facilitated numerous Town Hall sessionsfocusing on issues of development and issues that impact our daily lives in Richmond Hill.
  • I actively promote the involvement of community members in presenting their perspectives to Council and ensure that I do my homework to understand community concerns and issues.

Reason #2 – My Track Record On Important Issues

I am proud of my voting record on the important matters that come before Council.

I have consistently advocated for and voted for programs that support our natural environment and look to address climate change including:

  • The Community Energy and Emissions Plan
  • Richmond Hill’s Plan to reduce the use of Single Use Plastics in our community
  • Voted to keep the protected Oak Ridges Moraine lands protected
  • The Urban Forest Management Plan
  • The Bee City and Mayor’s Monarch Pledge to increase habitat for Monarchs and pollinating insects
  •  I have consistently supported development projects that align with our Official Plan, and which provide positive growth opportunities for the City.  I have consistently not supported projects that are not aligned with our Official Plan and/or, are inconsistent with the neighbourhoods they impact.
  • I have consistently voted to support and promote Arts & Cultural programs in Richmond Hill.
  • I have actively supported and advocated for programs and policies that support the development of more affordable housing choices for Richmond Hill residents.
  • I have a strong record of voting for programs that support diversity and multi-culturalism, including our recently passed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Framework and the Age Friendly Community Initiative.
  • I have consistently supported or moved motions that improve the quality of life of our residents such as the Traffic Study, eliminating green/blue bin fees, Park development, and many others.

My plan is to continue to do all this, and more, as Mayor of Richmond Hill.

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