October 23, 2018

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Point Douglas

In Point Douglas, there are new ward boundaries to go with a new ward councillor.

Shifting boundaries mean the neighbourhoods of Mynarski, Robertson and Dufferin were moved to the Mynarski ward.

The ward that was represented by longtime councillor Mike Pagtakhan is being sought by community advocate Kate Sjoberg, school trustee Dean Koshelanyk, and Pagtakhan's former executive assistant, Vivian Santos.

The Free Press invited all council and mayoral candidates to fill out a questionnaire about themselves, their platforms and what they hope to achieve in office. Read their responses below.

Candidates

Kate Sjoberg

I’m a long-time community worker and organizer. As a student, I served two terms as President of the University of Winnipeg Students’ Association, and afterwards was the executive director of Spence Neighbourhood Association and North Point Douglas Women’s Centre. I currently work as an educational consultant with Louis Riel School Division and as an instructor at Merchant’s Corner with the University of Winnipeg Urban and Inner City Studies Program. I serve on the board of Sunshine House as well as the national and provincial boards of the John Howard Society.

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Vivian Santos

Born in Portage la Prairie Manitoba to a single mother who immigrated to Canada from China in 1980.  Shortly after I was born, we moved to Winnipeg. My husband Jeff, who works for the federal government, and I are raising two young children in the community.

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Dean Koshelanyk

I have been married since 1995. My wife is Metis, I am Ukrainian and we have four children. I have worked in the farming, road construction, building construction, forestry, restaurant, commercial cleaning, school photography, community centre and Information Technology industries. While in IT, I have worked for financial, healthcare, video gaming and HVAC companies. I take the bus across the city almost every day for work and have done so for more than 20 years from many different areas of the city.

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