October 23, 2018

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St. Norbert

St. Norbert-Seine River replaces the South Winnipeg-St. Norbert ward, which was partially absorbed into the newly created Waverley West ward.

The race is wide open since incumbent Janice Lukes was acclaimed in Waverley West.

The five candidates vying for the seat are all political newcomers – Nancy Cooke, a former occupational therapist who is currently a managing partner in her husband’s dental practice, courier driver Chris Davis, public servant Markus Chambers, engineer Glenn Churchill and University of Manitoba political studies student Nikolas Joyal.

The redrawn ward now includes the St. Vital ward neighbhourhoods of Dakota Crossing and St. Vital Perimeter South.

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

Nikolas Joyal

I have been a resident of the St Norbert-Seine River my entire life. I went to school in the Louis Riel School Division and graduated from Collège Jeanne-Sauvé. For the past 11 years my Dad and I have made annual trips to Minneapolis to cheer on the Minnesota Vikings, and I am an avid (but not very good) participant in my fantasy football league.

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Chris Davis

I was born and raised in Winnipeg. I spent the majority of my life in Transcona, but I have been a St. Norbert resident for the past 16 years.

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Nancy Cooke

Nancy has crafted a strong connection to south Winnipeg and the St. Norbert-Seine River community over the last 20 years. She wants to use her love for the area and the skills she’s built working in professional public and private sector environments to bring growth, vitality, and vibrancy in the role of your city councillor.

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Markus Chambers

Markus is a 25 year resident of River Park South where he and his wife raised their two sons. Markus has spent countless hours volunteering his time coaching sports and connecting with kids and families or sitting on a variety of boards where he has gained valuable experience and developed extensive networks. Professionally, Markus has been employed with the province of Manitoba for 29 years and currently manages the Employer Engagement Program which assist small, medium and large business to recruit skills of internationally trained workers to bring their talents to the province to assist in business growth. Markus has developed extensive interpersonal and communication skills and can effectively assert the interests of the St Norbert - Seine River ward at City Hall.

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Glenn Churchill

I grew up in Fort Richmond and am a long time River Park South resident. I'm a Professional Engineer who has a unique understanding of infrastructure and transportation issues in our City. I'm committed to our community, and have given many years of volunteer time to youth recreation. I'm not a politician, but a neighbour who cares about our city. I want to bring my knowledge and skills to help City Council improve its due diligence on major projects, and to spend our tax dollars wisely.

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