October 22, 2018

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Transcona

Transcona features a wide-open race of nine candidates vying for the seat by vacated by longtime councillor Russ Wyatt.

The candidates include registered nurse Basil Evan, automotive dealership marketing director Stephen Lipischak, lawyer Chad Panting, business owner and former mayoral candidate Wally Welechenko, Shawn Nason, who is the constituency manager for federal MP Lawrence Toet, Shane Geschiere, who has a background in emergency services and health care, retired police officer Alex Allard, former council candidate Raymond Ulasy, who was convicted of a firearms offence in 2016, and Sandeep Kumar Sharma.

The neighbourhoods of Dugald, Southland Park, St. Boniface Industrial Park, and Symington Yards were moved from the St. Boniface ward to Transcona.

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

Chad Panting

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Raymond Ulasy

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Wally Welechenko

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Sandeep Sharma

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Shawn Nason

My wife and I have made Transcona our home for 15 years to raise our two young and vibrant children.

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Steven Lipischak

I am very involved in our community, serving on a several boards as well as belonging to the Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club of Transcona, Transcona Legion. I also am active in many charities, not only in Transcona but across the city. My wife and I live and love Transcona.

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Shane Geschiere

I am a fourth generation Transconian. I was born at Concordia hospital and grew up by Margaret Underhill School, which is where I started kindergarten. I was active in sports and played hockey for a few seasons at Oxford Heights. I also attended Radisson, and finally Joseph Teres. While there I was active in Park City West playing baseball. I attended John Gunn and then Transcona Collegiate. After high school I worked at the Safeway on Kildare Ave. for 7 years. I have a Bachelor of Arts and Science and certification as a Primary Care Paramedic. After Safeway I worked as a Paramedic both in emergency and non-emergency settings. I also worked with the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service as a 911 Communicator. Above all of this, I consider my three children aged 8, 6 and 1, my greatest accomplishments. Both sets of my Grandparents still live in Transcona to this day.

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Basil Evan

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Alex Allard

My name is Alex Allard. My wife Cathy and I have proudly called Transcona home for over 35 years. Together we have raised our 6 children here and fortunately for us, we also have 13 grandchildren, 9 of which still call Transcona home.

 

 

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