Strong partnerships are the foundation of any thriving community and there is nowhere it’s more evident than in River Heights-Fort Garry.
While I’m honoured to be your partner through my role as city councillor, I considered myself a community partner long before I was first elected to public office. I strongly believe that everyone, in each neighbourhood, has an important role to play in fostering a safe and prosperous place for all of us to live, work and play.
Queenston School’s partnership with the Corydon Community Centre, Kelvin High School’s Active Living Centre and Grant Park High School’s field are just a few recent projects that show what’s possible when we all work together towards a common goal.
Some of our most influential community leaders are the members of the parent advisory councils (PACs) at our local schools. As their years come to a close, I’ve been pleased to assist in funding for upcoming celebrations and ceremonies at various levels. Whether it is through scholarships or support to carnivals, it is a small token of thanks for all that our PACs and those who run them do for our neighbourhood.
Another successful collaboration has been the Waverley Underpass project with construction confirmed to begin in 2017. This win was largely a result of the vocal and dedicated community members who made sure all levels of government understood that this infrastructure was crucial to improving their daily quality of life.
Continuing to have all voices represented in the process, the City of Winnipeg has planned meetings with adjacent property owners as well as public events to share the detailed design plans later this year, including incorporating public art and landscaping.
As chair of the property and development, heritage and downtown development standing committee, it is a busy time ensuring that the city grows in a sustainable way for today and tomorrow. This growth is guided by the city’s planning document called OurWinnipeg, which is in the process being updated. Be sure to check orlikow.ca regularly as I’ll keep you up to date on future open houses and consultations with stakeholder groups as they’re scheduled.
I’m so proud to represent such active and committed residents and I know that this is a small selection of the great work being done in all corners of the ward.
I can’t wait to hear about more projects when I see you throughout the summer but please continue to share the work you and your neighbours are doing with me by emailing email@example.com or calling my office at 204-986-5236.