Oct. 22, 2014, was a pivotal day in my life.
It was the day the residents of the Charleswood, Tuxedo and Whyte Ridge Ward elected me to represent them at City Hall. This has been one of the most fulfilling roles of my life and one that I do not take lightly.
Since the election, I have been working hard for my constituents and the residents of Winnipeg. It’s been an honour serving as city councillor and chair of finance, and I am looking forward to what the second year at City Hall will bring.
During this past year, I have had many accomplishments I am proud of, beginning with the renaming of the ward to include Whyte Ridge. This is a unique portion of the community and I am happy to see that it is now formally reflected in the ward’s name.
One of the first votes I participated in on council was to reduce our executive policy committee (EPC) salaries by half. For those councillors on EPC, this meant reducing our salaries by over $12,000. I also voted in favour of restricting what councillors can spend their ward allowances on. In addition to saving taxpayers money, these motions were also a signal to the public service that we are in a new era of belt-tightening at City Hall.
I have also enjoyed collaborating with important organizations within the Ward like the Assinboine Park Conservancy, Charleswood 55+ Active Living Centre, the Charleswood Historical Society, and many of the great people who volunteer to ensure our local community centres continue to be a success. I was even lucky enough to spend Canada Day with residents of Monarch Mews for their annual barbecue celebration.
This past September, council passed a motion I brought forward to amend the reduced speed zones bylaw for the removal of the 30-kilometre speed zone on Wellington Crescent near the Gray Academy.
Funds have been allocated for the Friends of the Harte Trail, Tuxedo Tennis Club, Whyte Ridge Community Centre, and the Gil Bramwell Field for much-needed improvements and repairs that will benefit the community for years to come.
I have made park improvements a priority this past year and am excited to see upgrades to Frederick Heubach Park and Caron Park take place.
As I head into the second year of my term, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank my family, friends and community for their support and words of encouragement. If this past year is any indication of what’s to come, I’m in for a fast-paced and exciting year two at City Hall.